UPDATE 1-BP will try again on oil siphoning tube – exec

* First attempt abandoned after metal frame shifted

* BP hopes to activate siphoning tube overnight

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HOUSTON, May 15 (BestGrowthStock) – BP Plc (BP.L: ) will make another
attempt to siphon oil from a blown-out well a mile (1.6 km)
beneath the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday after its first attempt
hit a snag, a company official said.

With crude oil gushing unchecked from its blown-out
offshore well, London-based BP wants to get the siphoning tube
inserted late Saturday night and operational overnight, BP
Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles told reporters in Robert,
Louisiana.

BP’s first attempt to guide undersea robots to insert a
small tube into a 21-inch (53-cm) pipe, known as a riser, ran
into trouble when the metal frame that supports the siphon
shifted, Suttles said.

“We did have to pull it back to surface (Friday) to make
some adjustments so that we could connect it properly to the
pipework,” Suttles said. “We expect to begin operation of that
equipment overnight tonight.”

BP’s frantic attempts to contain the leaking well have been
stymied by the technical difficulties of working in the sea
floor’s cold, dark conditions.

Last week BP tried to lower a containment dome over the
leak, but the 100-tonne device was rendered useless by a slush
of frozen hydrocarbons that clogged it.

BP is weighing several other short-term fixes to stop or
contain the leak, which is spewing an estimated 5,000 barrels
(210,000 gallons/795,000 liters)) per day into the sea,
including a small dome known as a “top hat” and a “junk shot”
to clog the well up with loose materials like golf balls, tire
fragments and rope.

If those fail, it will take BP about 90 days to drill a
relief well to cap the leak.

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(Reporting by Chris Baltimore; Editing by Eric Walsh)

UPDATE 1-BP will try again on oil siphoning tube – exec