Thunder Horse Platform Stability Increases

The joint effort by BP, SMIT, the US Coast Guard and US Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service continues today to respond to the Thunder Horse platform incident in Mississippi Canyon Block 778 approximately 150 miles southeast of New Orleans.

The recovery team made significant progress in the last 24-hours. The platform is stable, the trim is normal, freeboard is normal and displacement is normal.

Concern for safety and the environment remain top priorities.

Operations to-date have resulted in one minor injury. There have been no spills.

The weather at the scene of the recovery effort remains calm.

BP and its lead contractor SMIT continue activities to make the platform sea-worthy and storm-safe as a precaution against changes in weather conditions resulting from the progress of Hurricane Emily into the western Gulf of Mexico.

The Coast Guard and BP are working to determine cause.

The Coast Guard, Minerals Management Service and ExxonMobil, BP's partner in the Thunder Horse development, continue to participate in the response.

The Thunder Horse project was not due to start production until the end of 2005, and the platform is not yet connected to sub -sea oil wells.

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