Feds admit buildup of “HYDROCARBON” hydrates delay operation 24-36 hours


Press Briefing by National Incident Commander Thad Allen, August 25, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. EDT:

Over the last 48 hours we have done diagnostics inside the capping stack and we found out that there were some issues with opening and closing the rams related to the buildup of hydrates inside the capping stack that were prohibiting us from deploying the camera and the pipe to recover the pipe. ...

We were delayed in completing the fishing experiment by obstructions in the capping stack caused by inability to move the rams that were caused by hydrates. ...

The hydrates come from mixing the hydrocarbons with the cold seawater at that pressure.

2 comments to Feds admit buildup of “HYDROCARBON” hydrates delay operation 24-36 hours

  • Tawanda The Avenger

    Ok, so they're admitting the well is still leaking....

  • possibility

    I think they want to say that the open-close system was bad because of some hydrates that were stucked in the place.
    They cleaned them with chemicals and the colored vulcano may be the cleaning process. Leaking is almost impossible at this part of the story.

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