Fuel goes up much more and I have a feeling this economy is going to crash and burn. I'm ready to just park my vehicles on the weekend and only use them to go to work during the week. :bangheadcml5207 (23/04/2010)The 11 missing guys were on the rig floor and caught the explosion when the well blew. The are no chum in the water and will just be remembered. The rig sank today and the well was discharging 9,000 gals. of oil an hour. Two drill ships side track the well and were finally able to cement it shut. Now they are cleaning up the spill. Total loss of the rig is estimated at 700 million dollars. Fuel will probably be going up in the very near future.
What you posted is not entirely true. Wells are drilled into production zones prior to cementing production casing. At this point there will already beseveral other casing strings ran and cemented (conductor, surface & intermediate casings). In most cases, a conductor is ran first, prior to the surface casing. The BOP's (blow out preventers) will be installed on one of these casing heads, which in the case of the Deepwater Horizon, was on the sea floor. There is a riser that connects the subsea BOP stack to the floating drilling rig.BOHUNTER1 (23/04/2010)Gump, My hearsay is they had just finished the drill and was running casing to cement and got a kick and that was the cause???
My guess is that wasnt because we know they didnt drill into the zone prior to cementing the casing and then they can set a BOP and drill through into the zone then safely. Somehow the valves apparently didnt stop the gas from reaching the rig, so if they failed thats over 10,000 psi. If the rig fell on the casing or open hole they have no choice except to drill into the formation again within a few hundred feet and fill it with cement. It will probably bridge but then again it may not and if it does its just a matter of time before it blows the block out. They cant drill into the formation because they will lose circulation and when the mud is sucked into it they also will have the same thing on their hands. No happy blowouts. Unfortunately this one was real bad. Loss of life is not even comparable to money. These are things which happen in a field, whether on land or offshore. its very dangerous and gas can be very violent. All measures to preventing this billion dollar problem are taken, its not a bunch of clowns that work a rig.