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.
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