BP says must delay test ahead of static kill

DALLAS (Reuters) - BP Plc said on Monday that a crucial test ahead of its planned “static kill” operation to inject drilling mud into its blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well will be delayed and the kill operation will now “possibly” happen on Tuesday.

“It is anticipated that the injectivity test and possibly the static kill will take place Tuesday,” it said in a brief statement.

“During final preparations to commence with the injectivity test, a small hydraulic leak was discovered in the capping stack hydraulic control system. The injectivity test, previously announced to take place today, will be rescheduled until the leak is repaired,” BP said.

Reporting by Ed Stoddard, editing by Stacey Joyce