Gallery: First Oil Containment Dome Shipped to Deepwater Horizon Spill


The first steel and concrete oil containment dome was finished yesterday and will be shipped off today to the site of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil leak. The hope is that the cap can be installed over the largest of the leaks, and the oil will then move through a 5,000 ft riser up to the surface into the holding tank of a ship. If all goes as planned, this containment cap will be able to collect about 85% of the oil gushing up from the sea floor.

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  1. mirrar May 22, 2010 at 6:02 am

    The crimping souds like a good option,Maybe back it up with a concenteena type duct (much like expandable aircon ducts used on building sites except put weight on the bussiness end and floats on top)Hopfefully the duct would pool the oil so as it could be collected.I realise currents and weather would be major issues but I was thinking this system might add another string to the bow.I wish all concerned the greatest success.

  2. John C Fairfax May 18, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Crimp the pipe. Squash the pipe with over-sized crimping pliers. See “crimping pliers” at:

    Crimping pipe may considered tacky or a poor way of shutting off a leaking pipe but it works. The better the crimp the better the blockage.

    Lock an over-sized hydraulic crimping tool in place. It might reduce the Gulf of Mexico leak to an absolutely negligible dribble.

  3. 8412cqf2 May 6, 2010 at 5:59 am

    why do they not stock containtment domes to react immediately in case of a blow-out under water?

    cor quist

  4. Lorem May 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I remember on the mid 80´s about this bacteria that was created for this purpose, and this bacteria supposedly could eat oil… ¿what happened with that?

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