BP donates subsea containment hardware to MWCC

BP has agreed to provide subsea well containment equipment to the Marine Well Containment Co., a joint venture among Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – BP has agreed to provide subsea well containment equipment to the Marine Well Containment Co., a joint venture among Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell. MWCC will make the equipment available for emergency response service to the US Gulf of Mexico. BP also says it intends to join the organization.

The equipment could be deployed to capture and contain oil from a potential underwater well blowout while the new rapid-response system announced in July is being developed. ExxonMobil leads the engineering, procurement, and construction of the system on behalf of the sponsor companies.

“We are pleased to provide the experience and specialized equipment needed to respond to a deepwater well control incident and intend to join the Marine Well Containment Co.,” said Richard Morrison, BP vice president for Gulf of Mexico operations. “We believe the addition of our recently gained deepwater intervention experience and specialized equipment will be important to the marine well containment system.”

09/20/2010

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