BP Plc said on Tuesday that its oil-capture systems at the leak in the Gulf of Mexico collected or burned off 23,395 barrels of oil on Monday.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Alex was forecast to become the Atlantic season's first hurricane later on Tuesday, but its expected path toward the Texas-Mexico border did not appear to threaten BP's current oil-capture efforts at its blown-out Macondo well.
An undetermined amount of oil continues to billow out from under the cap and through vents on top into the sea. A team of U.S. scientists estimate that the leak is gushing up to 60,000 barrels a day overall.
The current oil-siphoning systems can capture up to 28,000 barrels a day, according to BP figures. One system channels oil from a containment cap atop failed blowout preventer equipment through a fixed pipe to a drillship, while the other siphons oil through a hose to a rig, BP said.
The two systems' highest daily oil-capture rate was 27,100 on June 22, according to BP.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 29 Haziran 2010, 23:17