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Aker Solutions provides well control component for Gulf of Mexico emergency response system

19th February 2015

Aker Solutions has delivered the key subsea component for the system being developed by Marine Well Containment Company to limit environmental risks from oil and gas production in the US Gulf of Mexico

Aker Solutions has delivered the key subsea component for the system being developed by Marine Well Containment Company to limit environmental risks from oil and gas production in the US Gulf of Mexico
Aker Solutions developed the technology over three years, involving designers and engineers at the company's hub in Houston. Source: Aker Solutions

The Subsea Containment Assembly, or SCA, is designed to contain a well-control incident by connecting and creating a seal to prevent oil leaks. It can also be used in a cap-and-flow plan to direct fluid to vessels on the surface. The technology works under pressures as high as 15,000 psi.

The equipment was delivered to Marine Well Containment Company's team in Ingleside, Texas. It weighs 170 tons and consists of a stack of adapters and connectors assembled on a steel base. Aker Solutions developed the technology over three years, involving designers and engineers at the company's hub in Houston.

"This has been a collaborative effort involving ten oil companies and is a great example of how the offshore industry can pull together," said Alan Brunnen, head of Aker Solutions' subsea business.

"Aker Solutions is pleased to have contributed its unique knowledge and experience in high-pressure subsea technology."

MWCC’s Containment System is available for use in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico in depths from 500 feet to 10,000 feet, temperatures up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 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 (MCVs). The liquid is then brought onshore for further processing via shuttle tankers.

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