BP is preparing to permanently plug its broken deep sea oil well in the Gulf of Mexico more than three months after its deadly rupture.
The operation is known as a “static kill.”
Over five to seven days, mud and cement will be pumped in via a relief well that has been dug deep into the earth to seal the leak once and for all.
BP’s Chief Operating Officer said the firm is just waiting for the go-ahead from government officials overseeing the response.
Doug Suttles said: “We’ve got the equipment all hooked up to perform the static kill; so right now the current forecast is we will do that activity on Tuesday we expect.”
After setbacks plagued earlier attempts to plug the well, this latest effort will be closely watched from Washington to London, from the Gulf coast to Wall Street.
However, some experts have expressed optimism that the impact of the disaster may not be as damaging as previously feared amid reports the clean-up operation is being scaled back.