PHOTOSClean Gulf Conference 2012 - November 2012
Attendees stop by the MWCC booth at Clean Gulf 2012 in New Orleans. Also during the conference, MWCC CEO Marty Massey, General Counsel Rob Tracy and HSE Officer Carmine Dulisse presented in conference sessions.
The MWCC capping stack, which stands roughly 30 feet tall including the necessary lifting gear and weighs about 100 tons, was transported from the ASCO facility in Houston to the Greensport dock, roughly one mile away, for pre-deployment testing.
MWCC Operations Superintendent Chip Ledbetter provided BSEE Director James Watson and BSEE Lead Inspector Kelly Bouzigard with an overview of the capping stack during pre-deployment testing at Greensport in Houston.
The MWCC capping stack was prepared for pre-deployment testing at the Houston ship channel prior to deployment.
The "Big John" crane, with lift capacity of 500 tons, was used to lift the MWCC capping stack onto the LANEY CHOUEST at the Houston ship channel.
The MWCC capping stack was lowered onto a shipping stand on the LANEY CHOUEST before undergoing a simulated deployment and then sea fastening for departure offshore.
After the MWCC capping stack was lowered onto the LANEY CHOUEST, a simulated deployment was performed, using the A-frame to lower the capping stack just above the water.
The LANEY CHOUEST, transporting the MWCC capping stack, departed for the simulated well in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
After arriving at the simulated well at Walker Ridge 536 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Shell prepared the MWCC capping stack to be lowered to the simulated wellhead.
The MWCC capping stack was launched off the LANEY CHOUEST using the A-frame and began its descent 6,900 ft. where it would be latched to the simulated wellhead.
Buoys were used to hold the weight of MWCC's capping stack so that it would smoothly land, regardless of sea conditions.
The MWCC capping stack approached the simulated wellhead approximately 6,900 ft. below the water's surface.
The MWCC capping stack landed and latched on the simulated wellhead, approximately 6,900 feet below the water’s surface. Pressure testing confirmed the capping stack’s ability to control a well.
Once the simulated well was successfully shut in, the MWCC capping stack was prepared for retrieval. A spreader bar was attached and used to raise the capping stack back onto the LANEY CHOUEST.
The MWCC capping stack was raised back onto the LANEY CHOUEST where it was sea fastened onto the shipping stand, and the vessel departed for Greensport.
The MWCC capping stack was transported back to ASCO where it will be stored and maintained in a ready state should it ever be needed.
Pictured left to right: Dan Smallwood, then MWCC COO, Chris John, LMOGA president, and Marty Massey, MWCC CEO, attended LMOGA's annual meeting where MWCC was honored with a Blue Heron Award.
MWCC staff attended Clean Gulf Conference 2011 in San Antonio. It was the first time for the company to participate in Clean Gulf. In addition to the exhibit, then COO Dan Smallwood presented in the subsea containment session.
Pictured left to right: Datuk Nasrudin Idris, Chairman of AET and President and CEO of MISC and his wife, Datin Roi Hanah, Marty Massey, MWCC CEO and his wife, Pam, and Hor Weng Yew, President and CEO of AET attended Aframax tanker naming ceremony in Japan.
MWCC officers, from left: CTO Charlie Miller; CFO Astley Blair; CEO Marty Massey; HSE officer Carmine Dulisse and then COO Dan Smallwood opened MWCC's headquarters with a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The MWCC management team oversaw final testing of the interim containment system capping stack. Pictured left to right are: Carmine Dulisse, HSE officer; Marty Massey, CEO; Astley Blair, CFO; Dan Smallwood, then COO; and Charles Miller, CTO.
On March 15, 2011, G. Steven Farris, Apache Corporation chairman and chief executive officer (left), signed Marine Well Containment Company membership documents as MWCC Chief Executive Officer Marty Massey observed.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and MWCC CEO, Marty Massey, viewed the company's interim containment system capping stack.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and MWCC CEO, Marty Massey, viewed the company's interim containment system capping stack with industry and government officials.
The interim containment system subsea capping stack is about 30 feet tall including the necessary lifting gear, 14 feet wide and weighs 100 tons. It can operate in water depths up to 10,000 feet.
The capping stack - the centerpiece of the interim containment system - is located in a port facility in Houston, ready for deployment.
The MWCC interim containment system includes a subsea capping stack with the ability to shut in oil flow or flow the oil to surface vessels. The system provides containment capabilities in the event of a well control incident in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
The Marine Well Containment Company panel addressed the audience at a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management hearing. The series of BOEM forums included industry, academic and environmental experts, as well as public officials.
Sara Ortwein, president, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, explained MWCC's goals and its progress to date, as part of a BOEM panel discussion in Lafayette, La.
Representatives from ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and ConocoPhillips provided updates on the MWCC as part of an ongoing dialogue with government officials.
Charlie Williams, chief scientist, Shell Oil, explained plans to engineer, construct and develop equipment to improve capabilities to contain a potential future underwater blowout in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Melody Meyer, president, Chevron Energy Technology Company, discussed MWCC's role in a larger industry effort to ensure safe drilling operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.