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  1. MWCC increases containment capping stack depth to 10,000 ft

    By OGJ editors HOUSTON, June 15 -- Marine Well Containment Co. (MWCC) said its interim capping stack now can meet the requirements for operations in water depths up to 10,000 ft, which is an increase from the previous 8,000 ft water depth limit. “This increase in our capability demonstrates our commitment to providing a comprehensive deepwater well containment system for the US Gulf of Mexico,” said MWCC Chief Executive Officer Marty Massey. The capping stack is designed to cap or contain hydrocarbon flow after a deepwater well control incident. It can handle pressures of up to 15,000 psi. MWCC explains that the capping stack provides a dual barrier for containment through a blowout preventer ram and a containment cap. Through its side valves, the capping stack can also redirect fluid flow to surface vessels through flexible pipes and risers, if necessary. MWCC has tested the capping and maintains it in a continuous state of readiness for mobilization. The stack has a height of about 30-ft and a width of 14-ft. It weighs almost 100 tons. A Shell permit application, which cited the MWCC interim system for drilling in 9,800 ft of water in the Tobago field, met the requirements of the US Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation, and Enforcement and was approved. MWCC said its expanded containment system is on track for delivery in 2012. In addition to operating in water depth up to 10,000 ft, the expanded system will have the capacity to capture up to 100,000 bbl of fluid and 200 MMcfd of gas.

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    Wed, 15 Jun 2011

  2. Wild Well completes second capping stack

    Wild Well Control Inc., a subsidiary of Superior Energy Services, has completed a subsea capping stack stationed in Singapore to serve the area during a deepwater well control incident. The company’s first unit resides in Aberdeen.

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    Thu, 18 Sep 2014

  3. Wild Well completes second capping stack

    Wild Well Control Inc., a subsidiary of Superior Energy Services, has completed a subsea capping stack stationed in Singapore to serve the area during a deepwater well control incident. The company's first unit resides in Aberdeen.

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    Mon, 20 Oct 2014

  4. BP hopes to remove capping stack on Sept. 2

    BP PLC tentatively planned to remove a capping stack from the top of the Transocean Ltd.’s Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible blowout preventer on Sept. 2, pending the anticipated arrival of calmer seas in the Gulf of Mexico, a federal spokesman said.

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    Wed, 1 Sep 2010

  1. BSEE approves full drilling of Burger J well in US Arctic

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    Mon, 17 Aug 2015

  2. BP, government analyzing pressure risks in Macondo well

    The National Incident Commander asked BP PLC, operator of the deepwater Macondo well, to continue taking pressure readings in the blowout preventer and the capping stack before a relief well is used to permanently seal the well from the bottom.

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    Mon, 16 Aug 2010

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    Mon, 24 Aug 2015

  4. BSEE grants Shell limited drilling rights for Chukchi project

    The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has granted conditional approval to Royal Dutch Shell PLC of two applications for permits to drill (APD) to conduct limited exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska.

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    Mon, 10 Aug 2015

  5. BSEE grants Shell limited drilling rights for Chukchi project

    The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has grated conditional approval to Royal Dutch Shell PLC of two applications for permits to drill (APD) to conduct limited exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska.

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    Thu, 23 Jul 2015

  6. Salazar orders first deepwater gulf oil containment exercise

    US Interior Sec. Ken Salazar directed Marine Well Containment Co., one of two consortiums formed following the 2010 Macondo deepwater well's oil spill, to conduct a live drill this summer deploying critical well control equipment in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Mon, 11 Jun 2012

  7. Salazar orders first deepwater gulf oil containment exercise

    US Interior Sec. Ken Salazar directed Marine Well Containment Co., one of two consortiums formed following the 2010 Macondo deepwater well’s oil spill, to conduct a live drill this summer deploying critical well control equipment in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Fri, 25 May 2012

  8. OTC: BP calls deepwater drilling 'indispensable'

    A growing percentage of oil and gas reserves worldwide are in deep water, calling for new technologies to operate safely and reliably under enormous pressures and temperatures, BP America Inc. Chairman and Pres. Lamar McKay told the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston on May 3.

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    Tue, 3 May 2011

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