An update from the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC)

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About the MWCC:

The MWCC is a not-for-profit, independent company with headquarters in Houston, that provides well containment equipment and technology in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. As the leader in deepwater well containment in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the company is committed to being continuously ready to respond to a well control incident in the Gulf and is committed to advancing its capabilities to keep pace with its members’ needs. Membership is open to all oil and gas operators in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

In July 2010, ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell committed to providing a new containment response capability. These founding companies of MWCC recognized the need to be better prepared in the event an operator lost complete control and subsequent containment of a well. As a result, in February 2011, MWCC’s interim containment system became available for use in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The interim containment system improves the industry’s ability to respond to a complete loss of well control in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

MWCC is advancing this capability and is currently developing an expanded containment system with significantly increased capacity. The billion-dollar expanded containment system will be available in 2012. As our members look for new and deeper sources of oil, MWCC is committed to progressing technology that keeps pace with our members’ needs.

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A graphic representation of the expanded containment system, which will be available in 2012. The expanded system design includes use of modular capture vessels, modified tankers, existing drill ships and/or extended well-test vessels. Courtesy MWCC

Current members include:

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