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Unformatted text preview: oned the Macondo well without setting any production casing, which is an option for wells with zero drilling margin. For example, in January 2009, on a well BP drilled prior to Macondo, the Kodiak well at MC 727 Number 2, the Deepwater Horizon crew temporarily abandoned the well without running production casing. In August 2009, BP and the Deepwater Horizon crew also temporarily abandoned the Tiber well, KC 102 Number 1, which had similar drilling margin hazards to the Macondo well, without setting a production casing. BP acknowledged this third option in a later iteration of the temporary abandonment and production casing “Forward Plan” discussed above, which stated that the company could plug the open hole and temporarily abandon the well. BP noted that this was an option if “hole conditions go south.” 86 While all of the “primary well objectives” had been achieved, and although BP could have minimized any additional immediate spending on the well, the third option would have increased completion costs by $10 to $15 million because BP would at a futur...
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