[Updated at 3:50 p.m.] Crews removed a containment cap on the ruptured underwater well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP said Saturday afternoon. The next move will be placing a better-fitting one on the well.
Live video Saturday afternoon showed robots removing bolts from the apparatus so that the new cap can be positioned. Oil was again flowing freely during the transition.
[Posted at 10:55 a.m.] Speaking earlier in a conference call with reporters, BP senior Vice President Kent Wells said the sealing cap operation is expected to take four to seven days, with favorable weather helping the process along. In upcoming weeks, there will be an increase in oil containment work.
"As we start to ramp up the additional containment capacity, we should see less and less flow," Wells said.