In September 2010, 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, Louisiana.
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.
Steve Bross, manager of product development, ConocoPhillips, detailed the enhanced capabilities of subsea and surface components in the new containment system.