BP's initial investigations on rig disaster inconclusive

25 May 2010 11:03  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--An initial investigation into the cause of the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster is inconclusive but has identified various issues that would help with further investigations, UK energy giant BP said on Tuesday.

BP said that the investigation found that the 20 April accident was brought about by “the failure of a number of process, systems and equipment”.

"I understand people want a simple answer about why this happened and who is to blame. The honest truth is that this is a complex accident, caused by an unprecedented combination of failures," said BP chief executive Tony Hayward.

"A number of companies are involved, including BP, and it is simply too early - and not up to us - to say who is at fault," Hayward said

"This is a basic summary of the facts as gathered by the investigation team to date. A lot remains unknown, but we hope that the briefings will help the (US) government's inquiries," he added.

BP said that the investigations were centred on the seven control mechanisms – procedures and equipment - that should have prevented the explosion and subsequent sinking of the rig which went down off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico.

“There is extensive further work to do … and in addition full forensic examinations of the Blow Out Preventer (BOP), the wellhead, and the rig itself - all of which are still currently on the sea bed,” the company said in a statement.

On Monday, US officials said they were not satisfied BP had adequately examined oil dispersants that were less toxic than those currently being used.

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By: Nurluqman Suratman

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