Deepwater Horizon's Blowout Preventer - Underwater

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This photo depicts part of the actual blowout preventer (BOP) used by BP on the Macondo well (at Mississippi Canyon 252) after it sank (on April 22nd, 2010). 

Experts have unsuccesfully tried to get the blowout preventer working - with the use of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) - in an effort to stop the flow of oil gushing from the well bore. 

The U.S. Coast Guard released this photo and provides the following description:

A robotic arm of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) attempts to activate the Deepwater Horizon Blowout Preventor (BOP), Thursday, April 22, 2010. In addition to the use of ROVs, the unified command is mobilizing the Development Driller III, a drilling rig that is expected to arrive Monday [April 26] to prepare for relief well-drilling operations, to stop the flow of oil.

The blowout preventer, pictured above, was made by Cameron (formerly Cooper Cameron) at the company’s plant in Ville Platte, Louisiana.  It reportedly passed an inspection by Minerals Management Service earlier in 2010.


Media Credits

Photo and description of Deepwater Horizon's blowout preventer - located underwater after it sank during the April 22nd explosion - online, courtesy U.S. Coast Guard.


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