Feds change plans over “CONCERN” about “FREE COMMUNICATION” between annulus and BOP (VIDEO)

Press Briefing by National Incident Commander Thad Allen, September 10, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. EDT:

Transcript Excerpt

In essence, we’re going to put a ring or what they call a sleeve around the top that’ll lock that casing hanger in place, will not allow it to move. There is always concern that when we pressurize the annulus, that casing hanger would lift, allow free communication between the annulus up into the blowout preventer.

Cement in the annulus will be one way to preclude that from happening. But after some consultation and looking at various alternatives, the BP engineers and our science team agreed that if we could ascertain that the casing hanger had not been dislodged, in other words, where we need it to be, then we could actually put a sleeve around it and basically lock it down.

And the order that I issued to BP, I ordered them to take what are called lead impressions. You go down, you take an impression of the top of the casing hanger. And then that allows you to take measurements on where its location is. Based on that measurement that they took, it appears that the casing hanger has not been dislodged to the point where we’d have a problem with the seal.

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