BP PLC said Monday that it has successfully installed a new sealing cap as part of efforts to stop oil from gushing out of a broken well in the Gulf of Mexico.
The cap was installed at about 7 p.m. central time (0000 GMT), the company said in a statement. Next, the company will begin a series of integrity tests to ensure the cap is working.
The company said it doesn’t expect any oil to be released into the ocean during the tests.
The new cap is the U.K. oil giant’s latest attempt to stop the flow of oil from the Macondo well while the company drills relief wells nearly a mile below the surface that it hopes will permanently plug the leak.