BP’s in­ter­nal probe faults its own en­gi­neers

The Pak Banker - - International -

BAN­GA­LORE: BP Plc's in­ter­nal probe of the Gulf of Mex­ico oil spill has placed some of the blame on mis­takes by its en­gi­neers while fin­ish­ing the deep sea oil well, Bloomberg re­ported, cit­ing a per­son fa­mil­iar with the re­port.

The probe also blamed BP en­gi­neers for mis­read­ing pres­sure data which in­di­cated a blowout was im­mi­nent, the news agency said. BP could not be reached for com­ment by Reuters. BP man­agers aboard the Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon rig, owned by Transocean Ltd, mis­in­ter­preted a test of the Ma­condo well's sta­bil­ity on April 20, Bloomberg said.

The man­agers de­cided the test re­sults con­firmed the well was in good shape, clear­ing the way for rig work­ers to be­gin re­plac­ing drilling fluid in the well, which is heav­ier than oil and nat­u­ral gas, with sea­wa­ter.

The sea­wa­ter was too light to pre­vent nat­u­ral gas that had be­gun leak­ing into the well from shoot­ing up the pipe to the rig, where it ex­ploded and killed 11 work­ers, the agency said. Nearly 5 mil­lion bar­rels of oil spewed into the Gulf, con­tam­i­nat­ing wet­lands, fish­ing grounds and beaches from Louisiana to the Florida Pan­han­dle. No oil has leaked into Gulf wa­ters since July 15, when BP sealed shut a pro­vi­sional cap over the well­head.

BP in­tends to an­nounce the find­ings of its in­ter­nal probe in the next 10 days, ac­cord­ing to the agency. Scott Dean, a U.S.based spokesman for BP, de­clined to com­ment to Bloomberg on the in­ter­nal re­port's con­tents. -PB News

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