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Information about the WellEdit

Flow rateEdit

Fluid leaving the wellEdit

The oil leaving the well is 200 degrees F according to a quote of Eric Smith, associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute.[1]

Oil propertiesEdit

Crude oil properties can vary from well to well and formation to formation. The crude in this oil spill has been referred to as Light Louisiana Sweet (LLS). The following data is from the BP web site though the density (which is a function of API) was determined from formula because of lack of unit specification on site.

Properties of LLS[2]
API 36.5
Density (kg/m^3) 842
Sulphur(%wt) 0.35
Pour Point(C) (-24)
Acidity(mgKOH/gm) 0.40
Viscosity,40C(cSt) 4
Nickel(ppm wt) 3
Vanadium(ppm wt) 3

Information about the WreckageEdit

Information about the Blowout Preventer (BOP)Edit

The Blowout Preventer is a 48 ft tall 450 ton device at the top of the wellbore on the sea floor designd to completely stop flow from the well.[3]

Information about the riserEdit

Information about the drill pipeEdit

Information about the Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) being usedEdit

Other InformationEdit

The water pressure at 5000 feet is approximately 2300 psi.


  3. CNN article

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