BP’s cleanup ordeal underscores the importance of reliable oil production equipment


The cost of BP’s Gulf Coast cleanup project should serve as a reminder that companies must ensure the reliability of their oil production equipment.

After years of extensive cleanup and restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, BP recently announced that it has reached an important milestone. Specifically, the company announced that it has completed "active cleanup operations" in three states that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident.

Cleanup efforts in Mississippi, Florida and Alabama were finished on May 1, June 1 and June 7, respectively, according to a BP spokesperson, who told the Associated Press that responsibility for monitoring the exposed coastal areas of these states will be returned to the National Response Center by the end of June.

"The transition is a significant milestone toward fulfilling our commitment to clean the Gulf shoreline and ensuring that the region's residents and visitors can fully enjoy this majestic environment," Executive Vice President for Response and Environmental Restoration Laura Folse said in a press release discussing the shift.

Folse added that in the event more oil from the Macondo well appears in previously cleaned areas, "BP remains committed and prepared to address it under the direction of the Coast Guard."

The company indicated that it has already spent more than $14 billion on cleanup activities. This price tag highlights the paramount importance of ensuring that oil production, whether it is conducted on land or offshore, must be pursued using high-quality equipment that ensures safety can be guaranteed.

One piece of equipment that can prove to be particularly valuable for well operators is the hydraulic jet pump. This powerful solution is highly valued for its versatility, as it can be deployed at sites where issues with the completion of well casing would limit the effectiveness of other artificial lift equipment.