BP returns to Gulf of Mexico

City A.M. Reporter
OIL major BP has started pumping oil from a new project off the Gulf of Mexico coast, its first new development to come onstream since the Macondo disaster in 2010 caused the largest offshore spill in US history.

BP said yesterday the Galapagos development started initial production earlier in June, with oil flowing to a nearby platform 140 miles south east of New Orleans in water depths of 6,500 feet.

Last October, US regulators granted BP its first permit to drill a new well since the April 2010 disaster.