Operator group plans offshore blowout containment system

Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil Corp., and Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced in July plans to engineer, construct, and deploy equipment designed to improve capabilities for containing a potential future underwater blowout in the Gulf of Mexico (OGJ Online, July 21, 2010).The companies said the advantages of the system over the current response equipment include being preengineered, constructed, tested, and ready for rapid deployment in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The system's objective is to contain the oil with no flow to the sea in water depths up to 10,000 ft and in weather conditions and flow rates that exceed those realized during the Macondo well blowout.The companies plan...

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