BP: Oil company plans to reopen the site that housed the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico
BP plans to re-open the site where the Deep Water Horizon oil rig was buried in the Atlantic Ocean in what it calls a “historic opportunity.”
The Deepwater to Macondo oil rig sank into the Gulf on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and destroying the industry’s biggest offshore oil field.
The rig is now in a temporary storage facility that has been largely empty since the wrecking.
BP says the new storage site will be open in late September, but the company declined to say when that will be.
The site was originally scheduled to be decommissioned in October 2020.
The company has since delayed that plan, but BP has said it expects to reopen by 2019.
The site is located just off the coast of Louisiana.
BP plans a $1.2 billion expansion to the site in 2019, but said the company is still planning a permanent site that it hopes will reopen within six months.
BP said the new site will allow it to resume operations on the Deep, as well as to provide training and other services for the rig’s crew and to enhance safety at the site.
The oil rig has been at the bottom of the ocean since it sank.