The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) awarded Weatherford International a contract for the design and construction of the topsides process modules for two dynamically positioned tankers to operate in the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The modules are expected to be complete in 2012.
The modules will provide the two tankers with the capability to safely handle up to 100,000 bbl/day of liquid, along with the associated gas production. These process modules will expand the capabilities of the MWCC interim system. Weatherford also has a letter of intent for the long-term storage and maintenance of the equipment, including the provision of assistance to deploy and operate the process modules if required.
The MWCC was founded by ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell last year to provide rapid-response equipment to contain any potential future underwater well control incident in the deepwater GOM.
“Weatherford’s production and produced water systems business continues to build on its fast-track engineering, procurement and construction capabilities. Working closely with MWCC, we have established an innovative yet proven design that meets this project’s stringent requirements,” Gary Belcher, vice president of production and produced water systems for Weatherford, said. “We fully understand the importance of this project and are committed to the timely execution of this unique industry initiative.”