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Jun1-10, 08:19 AM
And this is all having to be done by robot submersibles... Controlled by people that might be rockin and rolling on the surface. Pretty amazing. Amazingly difficult. I wonder how many of these things have run into each other or have gone out of commision. BP is not giving a lot up.
Its possible that we might not want to drill wells 1 mile deep anymore if we cannot fix them. On the other hand, this is a huge experiment that will get some answers. Just wish it all had never happened. Its like having a well on Mars.
This is an interesting simple view of all that has been tried so far...
This says nothing about using heaters, just warmer seawater and methane (did they mean methanol, I thought methane was hydrating forming the crystals? more methane solves the problem?)
I would tend to agree, or we require that a relief well be drilled at the same time as the primary well at these depths.