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In this image taken from video provided by BP PLC at 6:28 p.m. CDT, a new containment cap is lowered over the broken wellhead at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Monday. Deep-sea robots swarmed around BP’s ruptured oil well Monday in a delicately choreographed effort to attach the tighter-fitting cap that could finally stop crude from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico nearly three months into the crisis. (AP Photo/BP PLC)

BP plans to begin tests by midday on the new cap over the Gulf of Mexico oil leak and should know within two days if it can hold back the gushing crude.

Kent Wells, a senior vice president at the oil giant, made no promises in a Tuesday morning news briefing about whether the cap will work.

BP will stop siphoning oil to two ships and then close valves in the cap to see if all the oil stays inside.

Wells cautioned there was no way to know yet how well the cap will work and added that this is “not simple stuff.”

If all goes well, no oil will be leaking into the Gulf. The cap may monitored for as long as 48 hours.

If it doesn’t keep the oil in, BP will resume piping oil to collection ships, a move that could include putting another cap on top of the current one.

 

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