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The Marine Well Containment Company capping stack, which stands roughly 30 feet tall and weighs about 100 tons. (

The Marine Well Containment Company capping stack, which stands roughly 30 feet tall and weighs about 100 tons. (

Offshore response team forming

Last Modified: Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:42 AM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

Houston-based Marine Well Containment Co. announced Tuesday it will collaborate with Wood Group PSN to put together an offshore reserve response team of about 100 workers from south Louisiana to work on the company’s vessels in the event of a spill.

Last March, officials with MWCC, based in Houston, said a Lake Charles company, Dynamic Industries, was chosen to build and deliver components for a system that will react to underwater well incidents, such as BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.

MWCC and U.K.-based Wood Group PSN will hire and train the team to operate and maintain equipment onboard a vessel during a response.

A MWCC spokeswoman said Tuesday that Wood Group PSN will pick the team, which will be primarily based in locations across Southwest Louisiana.

“While I don’t have specifics, I believe they expect to have about 70 percent of the group come from (Southwest Louisiana),” the spokesperson said.

An official with Dynamic Industries said last year that if there is a well blowout, the workers will place the capping stack over the wellhead and connected to that well cap there will be a riser cap coming up the marine capture vessel, and the product will be processed and shuttled to shore.

“This latest initiative underlines the ongoing advancements in safer deepwater exploration, and we are proud to be working with MWCC to develop a team of experienced oilfield operations personnel capable of responding to a potential deepwater well control incident in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico,” Derek Blackwood, Wood Group PSN Americas president, said in a prepared statement.

“We will be responsible for identifying and selecting the response team, delivering ongoing training, and mobilizing the team as and when required.”

MWCC, a nonprofit, independent company was formed by ConocoPhillips, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell in 2010.

The system will be able to cap and flow wells in up to 10,000 feet of water and can contain up to 100,000 barrels of liquid per day.

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