BP is now capturing 11,100 barrels of oil per day from the leak and they are adding a second ship to help process more oil. The second ship will allow BP to capture and process up to 20,000 barrels of oil per day.
The leak will not be completely stopped until BP completes drilling a relief well, can divert the oil and plug the broken well with cement, Allen said.
The new figure on captured oil is about 58 percent of the high end of an estimate by U.S. scientists who had said the leak was spewing 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day. It was more than 40 percent of the highest government estimate of 25,000 barrels a day.
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