Exxon Mobil Corp has been providing assistance in response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, said Andrew Swiger, the U.S. oil major's senior vice president. "We stand ready to support efforts to determine how such an incident can be prevented from happening again," he said in a speech at the Asia Oil and Gas Conference (AOGC) in the Malaysian capital. He added that the incident highlighted the importance of upholding the highest standards of safety.
BP's containment cap is capturing an increasing amount of oil spewing from a ruptured Gulf of Mexico well, but the U.S. admiral leading the government relief effort said on Sunday the coast will be under siege from the massive spill for many more months. BP said at the weekend its latest effort had captured 10,500 barrels of oil (439,950 gallons/1.67 million litres) in 24 hours and a second containment system should enable it to soon control the vast majority of oil spewing from the leak about 1 mile (1.6 km) below the water's surface.