Growing Oil Disaster and Shutdown Efforts + Nunitak Solution

Nunitak’s Latest Idea — illustration of main ideas here, apologies for sloppiness of drawing

(it needs an O-ring of some kind below vents?)

The PRESSURE from the Oil Vents could engage latches equal to the forces necessary for one mile of oil pressure to surface. That needs mechanical engineer. How heavy would entire assembly need to be to preclude oil bubbling out underneath? Could cement be poured into the first section once installed? Here are questions where Nunitak is weak, but thinks nevertheless that there are engineering answers to make this scheme feasible. The first section could have a bottom lip extending inward. Cement could be poured and allowed to harden before installing the remainder. Perhaps the structure must be mostly metal except for some cement floor. How deep for the floor? I lack experience on whether items here need consideration, and to what degree .

Three pieces instead of two may be better. The first piece just taller than stack and enabling wide vision to preclude further stack damage during installation. Then the second piece would have the vents. The top piece would fit over vents and on down over the first piece.

Would metal construction filled with concrete be better? What can be fabricated the most rapidly? Needs redundancy as to fittings wherever appropriate.

Initial Conception Write-up:

How about a reinforced concrete tapered chimney with open vents closeable by drop ring and riser pipe connector fitting at the top? Since it is tapered from wide at the bottom to narrower with height, it could be installed in telescoping sections. The final section would incorporate exit vents closeable by a drop ring about half way up, the steel drop ring could have retainers?

The top of the last section would have built-in riser connection. It must be designed by engineer acquainted with stresses involved. And whatever else needs considering. Each section would slide over the top portion of the preceding one.

The vents could be in a lower section. The final section could be very large and heavy and long, fitting over previous sections, maybe even closing the drop ring which would support it somewhat along with the tapered section which incorporates the drop ring. Or the final section itself could close the vents, no drop ring being necessary?

Or is this feasible in just one tapered section? Someone more engineer than Nunitak needed. Needs workout by both Marine Engineers and Petroleum Engineers, a thorough check by all others.

Spares for each section indicated, something could get damaged in transit, whatever. Test assembly prior to deployment, at least to make sure parts fit appropriately. Probably needs concrete poured around base before applying the top.  Relief valve would enable easy installation of top.

Can You Trust BP ?

Oil spill In Gulf of Mexico will have ‘very, very modest’ environmental impact, says BP CEO — actual video on May 18th after nearly one month of uncontrolled leakage

BP Answers Your Questions— video

Ex-Shell CEO: Job loss from deepwater stoppage could top 50,000— video

Nunitak says this will be both an economic and environmental Chernobyl, but BP is likely to help with only $10 billion of that ($100 billion for the near term through 2015).

Crewman recounts Deep Horizon Tragedy on 60 Minutes — several excellent videos there

Plugging the pipe ideas welcomed at Unified Command Site below

Deepwater Horizon Unified Command Site — How about getting any length of cement plug down there? Then build a BIG caisson around the whole thing and add tons of cement.

May 29 Top Kill Update AND Latest Info — see right hand column for latest (capping pipe is next attempt following top kill failure)

May 30th: Schematic of Next Option for containing oil leak (riser pipe to be cut with diamond saw equipped ROV first, very short lip left it seems)

June 2nd: Effort to contain Gulf oil stalls with stuck saw — update, video there

New Details !

Interesting further details about conditons at well head revealed — new details may indicate limitations for stemming flow owing to other conditions there

This well head arrangement seems to lack robustness and to have extremely limited options for such procedures as the LMRP cap in Nunitak’s opinion. I would think that revisions are in order for wells at similar depth. The options available for sealing the well and for fast shutdown appear mostly lacking whereas they should be pre-fabricated (built in). In that respect the six month moratorium is wise. Continuing with the current technology is too much wishful thinking.

Latest videos of Inquiry on Gulf Oil Leak — Updates may appear at previous url (videos of USCG Inquiry Proceedings here)

NMFBP (“no more Failed Blowout Preventer”) then becomes responsible for plug maintenance. Reminiscent of Chernobyl cap which does not work too well.

But there are circumstances under which any solution envisioned could be compromised.

I was thinking about this and thought about golf balls and several other things (a few days ago) but was not impressed with my own idea, then surprised when I heard they were using that plus broken tire pieces.

Nunitak knows virtually nothing about oil drilling, sorry. I thought of quite a few explosives scenarios and discarded them all. I considered epoxy and super glue, mixtures of those and steel wool or brillo pads. That is about it.

My best idea so far is No More Failed Blowout Preventers. Consider which is less expensive, the current scenario or proper attention to work quality with a fully functional blowout preventer.

I suspect they would like to get a very long column of drilling mud and/or cement into the pipe, but so far that appears doubtful.

If my caisson idea is used I would suggest it is still necessary, even imperative, to extract the MAX out of that oil pocket with other wells. Milk it to as ‘dry’ as is humanly possible.

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3 comments on “Growing Oil Disaster and Shutdown Efforts + Nunitak Solution”

  1. Please send your STOP THE LEAK SUGGESTIONS to the url given for the Deepwater Horizon Unfied Command Site. The shrimp, dolphins, crabs, plankton, Louisiana, oysters, sharks, rays, barracuda, seaweed et cetera will all be grateful.

  2. How about a reinforced concrete tapered chimney with open vents closeable by drop ring and riser pipe connector fitting at the top?

  3. Horizon feedback: Thank you so much for taking the time to think about and submit your proposed solution regarding the Horizon incident. Your submission has been reviewed for its technical merits. Unfortunately, the team has determined that your idea cannot be applied under the very challenging and specific operating conditions we face. All of us on the Horizon Support Team appreciate your thoughts and efforts.


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