Marine Well Containment Company launches interim containment system and announces management team
The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) today announced the completion and availability of an initial well containment response system that will provide rapid containment response capabilities in the event of a potential future underwater well control incident in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
The initial response system includes a subsea capping stack with the ability to shut in oil flow or to flow the oil via flexible pipes and risers to surface vessels. The system also includes subsea dispersant injection equipment, manifolds and, through mutual aid among members, capture vessels to provide surface processing and storage. The company has consulted with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) to ensure the system is designed to meet the government's requirements as outlined in NTL No. 2010-N10.
ExxonMobil, in partnership with Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell, continues to lead the development of additional system components to expand the initial system's capabilities, with completion of the expanded system set for 2012.
The Marine Well Containment Company's interim system includes a subsea capping stack with the ability to shut in oil flow or to flow the oil via flexible pipes and risers to surface vessels. The system will provide rapid containment capabilities in the event of a potential future underwater well control incident in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Business Wire)
"The Marine Well Containment Company has successfully developed a solution for rapid well containment response," said Marty Massey, chief executive officer. "This milestone fulfills a commitment set forth by the four sponsor companies to deliver a rapid containment response capability within the first six months of launching the marine well containment project."
The interim system can operate in water depths up to 8,000 feet and has storage and processing capacity for up to 60,000 barrels per day of liquids. The capping stack has a maximum operating pressure of 15,000 pounds per square inch. The equipment is located on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Membership in the Marine Well Containment Company is open to all companies operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Members will have access to the initial well containment response system, as well as the expanded system upon completion of its construction. Non-members will also have access to the systems through a service agreement and fee.
Marine Well Containment Company announces management team
The Marine Well Containment Company today announced its newly formed management team. The company is a not-for-profit, independent organization founded by ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell, which is committed to providing rapid response equipment to contain a potential future underwater well control incident in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
The company has appointed Marty Massey as chief executive officer. Formerly U.S. joint interest manager for ExxonMobil Production Company, Massey will lead the management team and operations of the Marine Well Containment Company, with headquarters in Houston. "Our objective is to ensure that the well containment response system is in a state of continuous operational readiness to facilitate rapid deployment and response in the event that it is required," Massey said.
Dan Smallwood, formerly operations manager of Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana for ConocoPhillips, has been named chief operating officer for the company.
Astley Blair, formerly division finance officer for Chevron Global Supply and Trading, has been appointed as chief financial officer.
Charles Miller, formerly vice president production, Shell Brazil Ltda., has been named chief technology officer.
Carmine Dulisse, formerly security and emergency preparedness and response manager, ExxonMobil Development Company, has been named health, safety, and environment officer.
Massey announced that the company is working with Gulf of Mexico operators to encourage their participation. In addition to the founding companies, BP is also a member.