Washington, Jul 11: British Petroleum Programmable logic controller on Saturday, Jul 10 set up another step to capture more oil from the Gulf of Mexico oiler, removing a defective cap as the first step in replacing it with a tighter one.
The new cap is expected to enable the ships on the surface to suck up more oil compared to which is currently being collected from the oil leak. But it would take the minimum of four to seven days for the new cap to get installed.
A part of the blow out preventer (BOP), the equipment that failed to shut down the well in the April 20 explosion — must be removed before the new cap to get installed. So the underwater robots were using hydraulic power to disconnect the bolts there, said senior vice president of BP Plc, Kent Wells.
Wells said that BP has made progress in enable the functions of a third oil recovery ship called the Helix Producer. He assured that they would try to capture as much of the unrestrained outflow as possible during the days the main cap is removed.