Day 67 Gulf Oil Crisis: Admiral Allen Announces New Plan For Well Repair – A Plan Originally Proposed On

Today, Friday June 25, 2010, Admiral Thad Allen announced a new plan to repair the damaged Gulf well. A plan that was posted here on


The plan announced by the Admiral will involve an attempt to remove the last section of damaged “riser” or pipe and the flange to which it is attached. The plan does not involve replacing the flange and damaged pipe with a “shutoff valve”, instead a valve that allows the continued production of oil will be installed.

The current plan was suggested, in detail, by this writer in a post on June 21, 2010.


Admiral Allen’s interview can be viewed/located on the Fox Site: . Click on videos tab on Fox site, in the “videos folder” click on Hot Topics – Click on Gulf Oil Crisis and click on “Admiral Allen on setbacks to gulf oil cleanup”.

The video URL is: , however, I’ve had intermittant problems with the link.

UPDATE: While FOX appears to have taken the video down – the video can be viewed on COMCAST here:

The discussion of the repair begins at the 2:52 mark of the interview.

The Admiral discusses the “repair” and “removal” of the damaged pipe at the end of the interview, when he responds to a question from Brian Kilmeade, “can you give us any additional information about the repair”, the Admiral discloses that BP has three different valve designs under consideration and that the damaged pipe will be removed and a new valve will be “bolted down” – to a new flange – on top of the wellhead.

Update: 07/10/2010

The process begun Saturday (07/10/2010) has two major phases: removing equipment currently on top of the leak and installing new gear designed to fully contain the flow of oil.

BP began trying Saturday afternoon to remove the bolted top flange that only partially completed the seal with the old cap. Video images showed robotic arms working to unscrew its bolts. BP spokeperson said that could last into Monday depending on whether the flange can be pulled off from above, as BP hopes. If not, a specially designed tool will be used to pry apart the top and bottom flanges.

Once the top flange is removed, BP has to bind together two sections of drill pipe that are in the gushing well head. Then a 12-foot-long piece of equipment called a flange transition spool will be lowered and bolted over it.

View the video here:

Read my update here:  

One Response

  1. you failed to post a url where we can go to confirm
    that admiral allen actually has made this

    McAuleys World: I’m waiting for one myself. As my post states, the Admiral announced the plans for the new “containment devise”, specifically mentioning the removal of the damaged riser and the flange to which it is attached, during an interview on Fox News this AM. He explained that the damaged riser is currently preventing a proper seal and that is resulting in the very poor oil collection totals. The damaged riser and flange will be replaced with a new flange and valve. Again, my suggestion was to couple the flange with a shutoff valve not a new “production valve” that will allow for continued oil production (flow), production that requires the presence of surface ships above – surface ships that will return to port when the Tropical Storm arrives. I’d rather see this wellhead sealed and use the “relief wells” to resume oil production. I was having coffee while the interview was being conducted and nearly choked when I heard the Admiral. I’ll post a cite when one becomes available. All the current info being published involves the Tropical Storm. Thanks for the inquiry.

    McAuleys World Update: Admiral Allens interview can been at the URL below – the discussion of the repair takes place at the end if the interview, after Brian Kilmeade asks for additional information on the repair.

    I’ve had problems with the link. The video can be located on the Fox Site: . Click on main videos tab at the top of the Fox site, in the “videos folder” click on Hot Topics – Click on Gulf Oil Crisis and then click on “Admiral Allen on setbacks to gulf oil cleanup”.

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