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OSRL unveils international well capping equipment

20th March 2013

Norway hosts launch of deepwater well capping stacks which will become a new global oil spill response system

OSRL unveils international well capping equipment
The SWIS can be deployed in water depths up to 3,000 m and control flow pressures up to 15kpsi

Global provider of oil spill response services Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL) on Friday unveiled the much anticipated well capping equipment which will be deployed around the world and used to control potential subsea well incidents. The launch coincided with the inauguration of OSRL’s base in Stavanger, Norway and was attended by Norway’s minister for petroleum and energy.

The integrated subsea well intervention system includes four capping stacks to shut-in an uncontrolled subsea well and two hardware kits to clear debris and apply subsea dispersant at a wellhead, creating safer surface working conditions and enhancing bio-degradation. The SWIS equipment can be deployed in water depths up to 3,000 m and control flow pressures up to 15kpsi.

The equipment will be stored in four international locations – Norway, Brazil, South Africa and Singapore – and maintained ready for immediate mobilisation and onward transportation by sea and/or air in the event of an incident. The first equipment is now available for international use from OSRL’s Norway base, and a further three devices will be delivered during Q2 and Q3 2013.

The move is part of the Subsea Well Response Project (SWRP), an initiative between nine international oil and gas companies which have come together to foster cooperation and develop equipment that could enhance subsea well control capability.