The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) said March 16 that Apache Deepwater LLC, a subsidiary of Apache Corporation, has joined as a member. MWCC is a not-for-profit, independent organization committed to being continuously ready to respond to a well control incident in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
“We are happy to have Apache as a member of the Marine Well Containment Company,” said Marty Massey, MWCC’s CEO. “They are an active Gulf of Mexico operator and a key participant in offshore deepwater development. We have been working with Gulf of Mexico operators since last year to inform potential members about MWCC. The membership formation period started in the middle of February. Each member will have equal ownership, as well as share in the development and operating costs.”
G. Steven Farris, Apache’s chairman and CEO, commented, “Apache is committed to safe and responsible operations. As we resume drilling operations in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, we recognize we must be vigilant in managing risks properly. We also recognize that it is essential to have the capability to respond rapidly to a subsea well control incident even as we expect the equipment will never be used. We are pleased to join the founders of MWCC in developing a system that greatly improves the industry's response capabilities.”
In the event of an incident, MWCC will support equipment mobilization. The interim well containment system is ready for deployment with the capacity to contain up to 60,000 barrels per day of fluid in up to 8,000 feet of water. Work is also under way on the expanded system for delivery in 2012 to handle up to 100,000 barrels per day of fluid in up to 10,000 feet of water.
Other MWCC members include ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Shell, and BP. The initial membership period ends March 31, 2011. After this date, an additional surcharge for membership will apply. Non-members may gain access to the MWCC system through a service agreement and fee.
More information about the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Marine Well Containment System is available at http://www.marinewellcontainment.com.