Macondo Wellbore Influx

Macondo Wellbore Influx

Findings and recommendations from a forensic analysis

MEI REPORT NO. 789 (HOUSTON) — This report presents a fresh perspective on the undetected entry into the Macondo wellbore of formation fluids on April 20, 2010. The report draws on an extended interview with Ronald E. Sweatman, who, with others, modeled the likely effects of temperature differentials in the well. Based on an analysis of fluid mechanics, they concluded that the lower portion of the cement slurry had been washed away by formation fluids within two hours of the placement of the cement.

The report includes the recommendations that arise from the modeling and conclusions.

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Mexico Energy Intelligence

Baker & Associates offers niche-market business and policy intelligence related to Mexico's oil and gas, power and chemical industries. Over 1,000 reports have been issued in the last 20 years. Subject matter expert and publisher George Baker, who directs the firm, has carried out consulting assignments starting in the late 1970s at the height of the Oil Boom in Mexico. He brings bilingual and bicultural skill-sets to understanding and responding to challenges of business and public policy, coupled with a deep familiarity with the history and idiosyncrasies of the Mexican operating environment.