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BP to start burning captured Gulf oil at sea

 A worker's boot is covered in oil washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon spill Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in Belle Terre, La.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
 Activity at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast is viewed from a Coast Guard plane Wednesday, J...
 A shrimp boat skims oil from the surface of the water just off Orange Beach, Ala., Wednesday, June 9, 2010 as a family enjoys the surf.  Large amount...
 Megan Rogers, left, and Alexis Balenti, both of Shreveport, La., play in the surf in Orange Beach, Ala., Wednesday, June 9, 2010 as a shrimp trawler ...
 Two brown pelicans fly along the coast as oil continues to wash ashore from the Deepwater Horizon spill,  Wednesday, June 9, 2010 in Grand isle, La. ...
 This image from video provided by BP PLC early Thursday morning, June 10, 2010 shows oil continuing to pour out at the site of the Deepwater Horizon ...

Gulf Oil Spill

A worker's boot is covered in oil washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon spill Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in Belle Terre, La. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

APTOPIX Gulf Oil Spill

Activity at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast is viewed from a Coast Guard plane Wednesday, J...

Gulf Oil Spill

A shrimp boat skims oil from the surface of the water just off Orange Beach, Ala., Wednesday, June 9, 2010 as a family enjoys the surf. Large amount...

Gulf Oil Spill

Megan Rogers, left, and Alexis Balenti, both of Shreveport, La., play in the surf in Orange Beach, Ala., Wednesday, June 9, 2010 as a shrimp trawler ...

Gulf Oil Spill

Two brown pelicans fly along the coast as oil continues to wash ashore from the Deepwater Horizon spill, Wednesday, June 9, 2010 in Grand isle, La. ...

Gulf Oil Spill

This image from video provided by BP PLC early Thursday morning, June 10, 2010 shows oil continuing to pour out at the site of the Deepwater Horizon ...

BP PLC plans to boost its ability to directly capture oil leaking from a well in the Gulf of Mexico by early next week.
Kent Wells, BP's senior vice president of exploration and production, said Thursday a semi-submersible drilling rig should be set up early next week to capture and burn about 420,000 gallons (1.6 million liters) of oil daily.
Once on board, the oil and gas collected from the well will be sent down a boom and burned at sea. Wells says testing will begin this weekend.
A drill ship already at the scene can process a maximum of 756,000 gallons (2.9 million liters) of oil daily that's sucked up through a containment cap sitting on the well head.


Updated : 2021-10-19 11:06 GMT+08:00