A Look Back at Deepwater
Source: Dan Krotz
The first two weeks of June 2010 were a blur for six scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). As the world focused on the ongoing crisis in the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Macondo well, the scientists dropped everything to estimate how much oil was flowing from the mangled wellhead....
“We were able to harness Berkeley Lab’s expertise in multiphase flow and computational tools to quickly take on this urgent problem,” says Curt Oldenburg, a staff scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division and lead author of the article. Also on the team were fellow Earth Sciences Division scientists Barry Freifeld, Karsten Pruess, Lehua Pan, Stefan Finsterle, and George Moridis.