HOUSTON, April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Statoil has agreed to join the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC), the independent organization set up to respond to a well control incident in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GoM).
"We are pleased to join this important organization. This membership underpins Statoil's continued and strong commitment to the Gulf of Mexico," says Executive Vice President Bill Maloney, head of Development and Production North America.
"The equipment and capabilities developed by MWCC are important to build confidence and ensure safe deepwater operations as we resume drilling in the area. We recognize the importance of developing and demonstrating increased response capabilities in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico," says Maloney.
Other MWCC members are ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Shell, BP, Apache, Anadarko and BHP Billiton.
Marty Massey, MWCC chief executive officer, said, "We are pleased to announce that Statoil is joining and welcome their participation in the Marine Well Containment Company. Our goal is to be continuously ready to respond to a deepwater well control incident in the Gulf of Mexico."
Statoil is also a member of the Helix Well Containment Group (HWCG) and has been granted drilling permits based on both HWCG and MWCC equipment. In the event of an incident in the deepwater GoM, MWCC and HWCG will support equipment mobilization in the interim while MWCC will support the long term.
The MWCC 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.
"Statoil hopes to actively contribute to the further development of the MWCC and its well containment solutions," says Maloney.
Statoil is an international energy company, headquartered in Norway, with operations in 34 countries. Building on more than 35 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, Statoil is committed to accommodating the world's energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. Statoil has 20,000 employees worldwide, and is listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges. In the United States, Statoil is established with offices in Houston, Texas; Stamford, Connecticut; Washington D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska. For further information, please visit www.statoil.com.
The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) is a not-for-profit, independent organization committed to improving capabilities for containing a potential future underwater well control incident in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Membership is open to all oil and gas operators in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.