By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 16 -- Marine Well Containment Co. (MWCC) has let a contract to Weatherford International Ltd. for the design and construction of topsides process modules for two dynamically positioned tankers that will be part of MWCC's well-containment response system for the Gulf of Mexico.
The modules will have a capacity to handle up to 100,000 b/d of liquid, along with associated gas production and are scheduled to be completed in 2012.
Weatherford also has a letter of intent for the long-term storage and maintenance of the equipment, including providing assistance to deploy and operate the process modules if required to respond to a future underwater well control incident in the deepwater gulf.
ExxonMobil Corp., in partnership with Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips, and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, are the original sponsors of MWCC. BP PLC later joined the consortium.