This is the twelfth (12) BP top kill liveblog diary.
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List of today's liveblog diaries:
LiveBlog - Diary 12 - nika7k (CURRENT DIARY)
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List of all previous liveblog diaries:
Top Kill has begun! - Tomtech
Top Kill LiveBlog - Diary 1 - khowell
Top Kill LiveBlog - Diary 2 - conchita
Top Kill LiveBlog - Diary 3 - sc kitty
Top Kill LiveBlog - Diary 4 - Garrett
Top Kill LiveBlog - Diary 5 - liveblog
Top Kill LiveBlog - Diary 6 - alkalinesky
Top Kill LiveBlog - Diary 7 - miep
Top Kill LiveBlog - Diary 8 - garrett
BP Junk Shot LiveBlog - Diary 9 - khowell
LiveBlog - Diary 10 - conchita
LiveBlog - Diary 11 - Overseas
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Relevant Recent Breaking News:
NYT: BP Engineers Making Little Headway on Leaking Well
The company [again] suspended pumping operations at 2:30 a.m. Friday after two “junk shot” attempts, said the technician, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the efforts.Washington's Blog opines that BP may be moving beyond Top Kill to the LMRP phase.
"The suspension of the effort was not announced, and appeared to again contradict statements by company and government officials that suggested the top kill procedure was progressing Friday."
In parallel with the ongoing top kill operation, preparations have been made for the possible deployment of the lower marine riser package (LMRP) cap containment system.As with ANY information during this incident, it remains to be seen what is indeed happening.
Deployment would first involve removing the damaged riser from the top of the failed BOP to leave a cleanly-cut pipe at the top of the BOP's LMRP. The cap, a containment device with a sealing grommet, will be connected to a riser from the Discoverer Enterprise drillship, 5,000 feet above on the surface, and placed over the LMRP with the intention of capturing most of the oil and gas flowing from the well.
The LMRP cap is already deployed alongside the BOP in readiness for potential deployment. If it is decided to deploy this option, this would be expected to take some three to four days.
In addition to these steps, planning is being advanced for deploying, if necessary, a second BOP on top of the original failed BOP.