A massive clean up operation is now underway in the North Sea, after the Texas oil specialist Red Adair and his team plugged the oil well in the Ekofisk field on Saturday (30 April).
LV AND GV: oil rig
SVs: oil men inspecting blowout preventer valve (5 shots)
SV: oilmen leaving rig.
SV: Red Adair and others arriving at Stavanger by helicopter. (2 shots)
SV: car takes them to news conference."
CU: Red Adair speaking (2 shots)
MORRIS: "The Bravo platform will be out of action for at least a month. It's still being checked out for pockets of gas and structural damage, and oil from the gusher has made the living quarters uninhabitable. So a big cleanup operation is underway. Production from the rest of the Ekofisk field has been allowed to resume, but as it did Norwegian police officers arrived to question some of the 400 working there. They're investigating possible criminal negligence, by whoever installed the blow-out preventer upside down just before the accident. For Red Adair this was the end of just another job. He arrived back in Stavanger from the platform, with his number two Boots Hanson and other members of his team to face the world press."
ADAIR: " Everything they planned it worked out right, like they planned, it just had a few heart breaks, but they got down to it, it worked perfect."
REPORTER: " Was it a difficult well to deal with?"
ADAIR:"Well any of them offshore are difficult. And being lots of oil on it and nothing to work with up there, you had to do everything by hand. It worked different."
REPORTER: "How big a problem was it, the fact that the blow-out preventer was upside down? How big a problem was that?"
ADAIR:"Once we got it ironed out but not(indistinct) it was all over that quick."
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REPORTER: CHIRS MORRIS
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Background: A massive clean up operation is now underway in the North Sea, after the Texas oil specialist Red Adair and his team plugged the oil well in the Ekofisk field on Saturday (30 April). The American experts flew back home on Sunday (1 May). BBC's Chris Morris reports.