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Global oil spill response system deployed this year

18th February 2013

SWRP’s four well capping devices deployed this year in global initiative between nine oil majors to enhance industry’s oil spill response capabilities

Global oil spill response system deployed this year
The project’s four well capping systems will be deployed later this year in South America, Northern Europe, Africa and South East Asia

An international project involving the expertise and technical know-how of a consortium of nine major oil and gas companies will launch a much anticipated oil response system in four regions of the world later this year. The initiative, titled the Subsea Well Response Project (SWRP) aims to help the industry enhance oil spill response capabilities.

SWRP was launched in May 2011 to enhance international capabilities to respond to a subsea well incident. It is a non-profit joint initiative between affiliates of nine major oil and gas companies: BG Group, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, Shell, Statoil and Total. SWRP was established on the 2011 recommendations of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP). The project’s four well capping systems will be deployed later this year in South America, Northern Europe, Africa and South East Asia.

“The intervention system includes four capping systems, two 18 3/4” bore capping stacks developed to handle pressure up to 15kpsi and two 7 1/16” bore capping stacks designed for pressure up to 10kpsi. The four systems can all operate at depths of up to 3,000 metres of water,” SWRP project manager Keith Lewis told OGT.

All of the capping stacks were designed to share a standard configuration, with common pipework, valves, chokes and spools all rated to 15kpsi. The common framework gives greater flexibility by utilising interchangeable gate valves and rams. The key difference is the use of 7 1/16” 10k gate valves for the two 10k stacks and 18 3/4” 15k rams for the two 15k stacks.

“When combined with the dispersant toolkit, the flexibility of the stacks allows for a wider range of response options across the globe. In the unlikely event of a subsea well control issue, the capping stack and dispersant kit can be deployed by a subscriber to an incident location from the closest regional storage location. The sets of equipment are designed to be deployed by sea and/or air to provide a flexible and timely response,” Lewis added.

Global provider of oil spill response and preparedness services Oil Spill Response Ltd will own and maintain the equipment and make it available to subscribers in the event of an oil spill incident.