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Braulio Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 10:19 AM
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55. Blowing up the well will never be an option
I don't think people get it. Blowing up the well just isn't an option. Period. The measure of last resort would be to drill three wells near the blowout well, in a triangular pattern, and pump water at high pressure to flood out the reservoir. Once the reservoir is flooded out, the blow out will blow water, not oil. And if the well can be loaded with water this way, then it's simple (but expensive) to load it with heavy brine. This assumes the two relief wells can't achieve the kill. What worries me is whether the geopressure gradient is so odd the use of high pressure pumping may fracture the top seal. I have heard some really odd comments about the area's geomechanic properties, so odd, I'm starting to believe this particular oil field may never be produced.
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