Friday AM May 7th, 2010
by: Ed Mayberry, May 6, 2010 11:05:00 pm
"You know, it's a challenging technical problem, but, you know, the industry's mature, and you know, they use state-of-the-art techniques, so we know the best attempts are being made to resolve this unfortunate accident. My area's offshore structures and it's interesting to see this evolve and how the industry's responding to this whole event, you know. BP's really trying hard to plug this well, and let's hope for the best."
Even before the leak has been plugged, there are investigations underway to determine why the spill occurred. That will intensify.
"All the data they collected, hopefully some of that has been transmitted to onshore, you know, recording stations at Transocean and hopefully they have some of those occurred. So, it's going to be difficult to reconstruct this whole event, but I think there will be evidence in the riser which has collapsed and the BOP, which has also partially failed. The operators tried to trigger the BOP and that led to violent vibrations."
The bop is the blowout preventer. Nagarjaiah studies semisubmersible drilling and production platforms and deepwater drilling and production risers.