Well Containment Company Receives New “Capture Vessel”

A graphic representation of the expanded containment system using capture vessels, modified tankers, existing drill ships and/or extended well-test vessels. Image via MWCC

The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) says it has taken delivery of an integral part of its expanded containment system, a new Aframax tanker. The 107,500 dwt tanker was delivered during a ceremony held at a shipyard in Takamatsu, Japan, and will be operated by AET Tanker Holdings.

Named EAGLE TEXAS, the vessel is one of two dedicated “capture vessels” that will serve as part of MWCC’s containment system. Modular process equipment will be installed allowing the vessels to connect to the riser assembly, directing oil from the subsea components. The equipment will then separate the oil from the gas, safely storing the oil and flaring the gas.

“This tanker is critical to our expanded containment system, which will be operational next year,” said MWCC Chief Executive Officer Marty Massey. “With the interim and expanded containment systems, MWCC is able to achieve its mission to be continuously ready to respond to a deepwater well control incident in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.”

MWCC says the EAGLE TEXAS and its containment system will have the capacity to process up to 100,000 barrels of liquid and 200 million standard cubic feet of gas from a blown out well per day.

The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) is one of two new U.S. approved providers offering deepwater well containment services in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.  In June, MWCC said it had increased its water depth approval from from 8,000 to 10,000 feet.  The company’s expanded containment system is expected to be delivered in 2012.