mwalsh wrote:mitch672 wrote:Yes, except there is such a large "oilcano" right above it, they can't get a visual with the ROVs to reposition "SAW" (that's actualy what it said on the diamond wire cutter), plus "SAW" may actually be damaged, sure they might be able to fix/repair it or get anothe one
Are you talking about with the cap in place though? Once the cap is removed, this "oilcano" will go straight up from severed pipe and shouldn't interfere with lateral viewing until SAW starts to get through the pipe on the side where cutting is taking place.
You can watch the actual feeds... The "CUT" that failed (cut about 1/3 into the 21" casing) was only about 6"-8" above the flange of the LMRP. The actual "bent" piper is only about 3' or 4' (or even less) above this. Oil is jetting out at high pressure from the 1/3 slit the CUT made, and even if the cap is removed, the entire area is obscured with a massive amount of oil. They are injecting dispersants with an ROV and a "wand" right at this spot, where the oil is now escaping from the cap vents (that have yet to be closed fully)
and, as far as using "PVC" pipe, you must be kidding. The Well casing is 21" in diameter, with a 1" hardended steel walls. Up to 10,000 PSI has to be handled... there is no PVC pipe that can withstand those pressures. even with steel, they had to go to a pipe with 1" thick walls.
If you have "VLC" media player, here is the stream for the oilcano..