static kill

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Posted Mon, Aug 2, 2010 by MollyH to Adm. Thad Allen, gulf oil spill, Macondo, oil spill quote of the day, static kill

Here is an explanation of BP’s “static kill” tactic being used to close the well from today’s Washington Post:

The "static kill" is part of a double whammy of mud and cement that would hit the runaway Macondo well high and low in quick succession. The static kill starts at the top, firing the mud and possibly cement into the blowout preventer that sits on the wellhead.

That effort, which would take a day or two, would be followed in another five to seven days by the start of the more laborious "bottom kill," in which mud and cement will be injected into Macondo through a relief well that engineers began drilling at the beginning of May.


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