BP Updates Status of Thunder Horse Platform

Crews placed aboard the BP operated Thunder Horse platform in the Gulf of Mexico have restored partial power to the platform, and are working to begin pumping operations to restore the platform to a normal marine configuration. The crews have also retrieved the platform's data recorders, which will be used to determine the cause of the stability imbalance that saw the platform list to port at an estimated 20 degrees.

The crews boarded the BP operated facility yesterday following safety evaluations that included reviews by BP staff and the US Coast Guard's Federal On-Scene Commander, and an underwater inspection of the facility by remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The ROV inspection showed no evidence of damage to the platform's hull.

BP's response team is working with staff from the US Coast Guard to return Thunder Horse to normal status. In addition to four BP contracted response vessels, the Coast Guard has made available the Cutter Pelican, and is additionally supporting the operation with a Dauphin helicopter.

Thunder Horse is located in Mississippi Canyon block 778 in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 150 miles southeast of New Orleans.

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