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Unformatted text preview: do that the Deepwater Horizon was scheduled to work on) by March 8, 2010. 173 By early 2010, it became clear to BP that this schedule for the Deepwater Horizon rig would not hold. In addition, as discussed previously in this Report, by the time of the blowout, BP had exceeded its original budget for the Macondo well by $58.34 million. The Panel collected and reviewed evidence showing that BP personnel were aware of the cost overruns and were concerned about incurring additional costs that they deemed unnecessary. John Guide’s testimony suggests that his effectiveness at reducing costs was part of the evaluation of his performance as wells team leader. 174 Correspondence between Guide and others suggested his awareness of others’ evaluation of his effectiveness in containing costs. For example, on April 20, Guide responded to an email request from Ross Skidmore, a BP contractor, to conduct a standard procedure that would increase the likelihood of a successful lock‐down sleeve installation – a “wash run” that would “avoid a ba...
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