Robot Sub Deployed To Stop Oil Leak
Transocean, a Swiss company owned the oil rig and had leased it to BP. Currently the former oil rig site is now leaking 42,000 gallons of oil a day. They plan on deploying a robot sub to plug the leak by tightening valves at the wellhead. Shown here is an underwater robot called UT-1 Ultra Trencher by Soil Machine Dynamics. This robot is used to bury oil and gas pipelines in the ocean floor and may be similar to the robot they use in the Gulf of Mexico. The BP press release states:
“We are attacking this spill on two fronts – at the wellhead and on the surface offshore,” said BP Group Chief Executive Tony Hayward, who has traveled to Texas and Louisiana this week to meet with response personnel. “The team on the ground and those at sea have the Group’s full resources behind them.”
Here is the latest BP press release in full.
As a second safety measure, they may drill a second well to cut off the oil flow from the first well.
Let’s hope they get this cleaned up quickly.