UPDATE 2-BP increases amount of oil being collected from leak

* Captured oil increases to 6,000 barrels in a day

* BP moving to improve on that in next few days
(Recasts, adds quotes, capacity of containment device)

MIAMI, June 5 (BestGrowthStock) – BP Plc (BP.L: ) has increased the
amount of oil it is collecting through a containment cap fitted
over its ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well, and is working to
improve on that rate, the U.S. national oil spill response
commander said on Saturday.

U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told reporters the
containment effort was working “with caveats”, although it was
still only collecting part of the leaking oil at this stage.

“In the first full 24-hour cycle yesterday … they were
able to bring up … 6,000 barrels of oil from the well,” Allen
said, speaking in Theodore, Alabama.

Using the government’s highest estimate of 19,000 barrels
(800,000 gallons/3 million litres) per day spewing from the
blown-out Macondo well, the 6,000 barrels captured on Friday
would represent nearly a third.

While he avoided giving a percentage of how much of the
escaping oil was being captured, since BP, the government and
outside experts have provided different estimates of the size
of the leak, Allen stressed that the amount collected over 24
hours was an improvement over the 1,000 barrels per day (bpd)
reported being collected previously by the containment cap.

“They started out at a lower rate and are going to a higher
rate,” he said.

He said the full capacity of this containment device was
15,000 bpd, which he called the “upper limit” of what can be
done with this attempt to control the leak.

“On June 4, a total of 6,077 barrels of oil was collected.
Improvement in oil collection is expected over the next several
days,” BP said in a Twitter feed.

Allen said the company hoped to raise the amount being
collected in the next few days by closing vents in the
containment cap as engineers managed to stabilize pressure in
the gushing well.

BP plans further improvements in the containment operation
this month, although hopes for a final solution to plug the
well are fixed on two relief wells being drilled that will be
completed in August.

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(Reporting by Pascal Fletcher and Chris Baltimore; editing by
Philip Barbara)

UPDATE 2-BP increases amount of oil being collected from leak