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Critical Oil Cap Test Back On; Watch LIVE Video

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) -- BP replaced a leaking piece of equipment Thursday and hoped to resume procedures leading up to a vital well pressure test that could put an end to the oil that has been gushing into Gulf of Mexico for the last 12 weeks, said a top company official.

The "integrity" test is intended to measure pressure readings from inside the well. If the pressure readings are satisfactory, the valves on the new containment cap could remain closed, preventing oil from flowing into the sea.

BP was forced to suspend operations Wednesday after a leak was discovered in what is known as a choke line.

Senior Vice President Kent Wells told reporters Thursday the company was able to disconnect the leaking choke line and replace it.

Wells said BP hopes to go forward getting ready for integrity testing "sometime today."

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