BP announced in March that its Deepwater Petroleum Services division will begin producing oil-saturated samples at its Aberdeen, Scotland, oil field for the first time in four years.
The company says it expects to produce up to 10,000 barrels of oil per day.
The BP survey will be conducted at its site near the town of Percival, the site of the company’s 2010 Deepwater oil spill.
The company says that the BP sample will be analyzed for the presence of oil and other pollutants.
The oil-soluble substances that BP says are found in the samples include carbon monoxide, benzene, carbon dioxide and methane.
BP said it will be able to recover as much as 3,000 tons of oil from the Deepwater sample.
BP is hoping that the oil will provide a key piece of evidence in the case of the 2010 spill that led to the deaths of 11 people and the release of hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
The agency said the oil from Deepwater will help determine the extent of the contamination in the Gulf and will also provide a way to monitor how well the oil is working in the ocean.
The company said it was partnering with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other international bodies in the effort.
“BP believes this is the first phase of a long process that will lead to the development of a complete baseline for the company,” BP said in a statement.
BP’s report also said that the Deepwaters sample has been cleaned, and that the samples will be transported to BP’s laboratory in Houston, Texas, for further analysis.
The U.K.-based oil giant has not said what the DeepWater BP sample may contain.
The oil is still considered an “off-the-shelf” product, meaning that it is produced using a process called “fossil fuel seabed drilling,” or FSRD, which involves drilling beneath the seafloor to extract oil and gas.
BP has been involved in the FSRP business since the 1990s.
BP says that it was awarded a contract to test its drilling technologies for several years in 2014, but that the work was suspended in January 2019 because of the spill.
BP, however, said it has been working on a new technique that involves drilling the oil beneath the ocean floor using a robot and other equipment, and will have its FSRM in place by 2019.