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Containment Cap on the Well

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 4, 2010

BP and a team of engineers have lowered the containment cap on the blowout preventer.


Doug Suttles, BP chief operating officer, says the next step is to close the vents at the top of the cap, which should greatly reduce the amount of oil and gas escaping from the well. If the procedure is successful, the vast majority of the oil and gas will travel from the cap up through a new riser to a drill ship for processing.

Click on the image above for an animation that explains the entire process.


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.