Eagle Louisiana, the second of two Modular Capture Vessels (MCVs) built for Singapore-based AET by Drydocks World has been delivered. The first MCV, Eagle Texas, was delivered in August 2013.
Like the Eagle Texas, the Eagle Louisiana is a converted Aframax tanker designed to hook up to a subsea capping stack in the event of a subsea well blowout and direct the diverted hydrocarbons to her onboard tanks. She is assigned via a 20-year agreement to the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC), a consortium of 10 major energy fims – Anadarko, Apache, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Hess, Shell and Statoil – which came together post-Macondo to develop a solution to preventing major oil spills as a result of deepwater drilling.
The vessel has 700,000 barrels of liquid storage capacity, and can process, store and offload the liquids to shuttle tankers. The process equipment will separate the liquids from gas, safely store the liquids and flare the gas.