July 25, 2010 / 4:22 PM / in 7 years

BP to place last pipe in relief well in next week-US govt

HOUSTON, July 25 (Reuters) - BP Plc will finish placing the last bit of pipe into a relief well intended to help kill its Gulf of Mexico oil leak “sometime in the next week,” the top official overseeing the spill response said on Sunday.

Once the pipe, or casing, is cemented in place, BP will begin the plugging process with a “static kill” the first week of August, retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told reporters at a briefing.

Allen had said the static kill could start in three to five days after the pipe was in place, but on Sunday he said that timeline had been “refined” to be more conservative after consulting with BP. (Reporting by Kristen Hays; Editing by Eric Beech)

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