Marine Well Contaninment 1

Client: Marine Well Containment Company
General Contractor: Speedcast
Project Description: Vessel Process Video Systems
Project Timeline: 2012 to Present

Marine Well Containment System

Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) provides well containment equipment and technology in the deep-water U.S. Gulf of Mexico for use after blowouts. It is based in Houston, Texas. MWCC members are major companies in the petroleum industry that drill wells in the Gulf of Mexico including: BP, Shell Oil, ExxonMobil, Chevron Corporation and ConocoPhillips. In 2010, in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, ExxonMobil, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips and Shell Oil committed to providing a new containment response capability. These founding companies of MWCC recognized the need to be better prepared in the event of a deep-water well control incident.

MWCC introduced the Interim Containment System in February 2011, improving previous response capabilities and helping the industry get back to work in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

Factory Testing

Factory Testing

The Containment System is available for use in the deep-water U.S. Gulf of Mexico in depths from 500 feet to 10,000 feet, temperatures up to 350 °F (177 °C) and pressures up to 15k psi. The system can cap or cap and flow an incident well and has the capacity to process up to 100,000 barrels of liquid per day and up to 200 million cubic feet of gas per day. Additionally, it is able to store up to 700,000 barrels of liquid in each of its two Modular Capture Vessels. The liquid is then brought onshore for further processing via shuttle tankers.

AES Systems designed, built, and factory tested the Process Video Systems installed on the vessels. AES Systems continues to support the systems including remotely as well as equipment upgrades. Project highlights include:

  • Purpose built industrial video servers and workstations
  • Video management software to support operations locally and remote
  • Explosionproof rated marine grade pan/tilt/zoom cameras
  • Custom built stainless steel camera mounts
  • Fiber optic cabling to all cameras
  • Junction box assemblies with intrinsically safe components