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BP's race against time to stop oil leak

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Engineers at BP are racing against time to build a funnel to help contain the oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico.

The funnel is a 98-tonne, 40-foot iron box that resembles a primitive space rocket.

In theory, the system should collect 85% of the oil rising from the sea floor but BP has never deployed the structure at this depth.

BP's John Curry explained how the machine should work.

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