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View Diary: Moment of truth: Will BP's latest gambit work? (109 comments)

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  •  That doesn't make sense (0+ / 0-)

    If you close the vents slowly you are more likely to produce hydrates since there will be more water roiling around those vent points.  The pressure letting down also cools the leaking fluid more...leading to greater tendency to form hydrates.

    In fact, what a competent engineer would want is to tighten/pressurize the system ASAP to keep the friggin' water out in the first place, plus it will keep the stream hotter longer.

    First principles apply...but BP seems to not grasp the principles (engineering or moral).

    •  I'd think it was more pressure management (0+ / 0-)

      The less venting, the higher the pressure, the greater the chance of hydrates, and the harder to hold whatever seal you have with the pipe.

      •  Hydrates are more temp and water sensitive (0+ / 0-)

        Incorrect.  At a mile under water you can't get the pressure low enough to stop hydrate formation at this temperature if there is appreciable water present.  You have a mile of water standing on top of it, it is completely unlike a leak near the surface.

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