New Oil Siphon Would Take Only Weeks to be in Use

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The senior manager of a project to build a more efficient system to contain oil in deep water says that once built and tested the cap-and-siphon contraption could be deployed and in use within weeks of a future well blowout.

Exxon Mobil's Lloyd Guillory says he is confident the never-before-attempted effort will be successful. He says the $1 billion system that isn't expected to be ready for use until early 2012 will be adaptable to different blowout scenarios.

Guillory told The Associated Press on Wednesday during a break in a major oil spill conference in Florida that prevention is the real answer for the industry. He says if prevention is done right, the system would never have to be used.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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