BP announces intent to join MWCC

British energy company BP has announced its intent to join the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) − a proposed non-profit organisation that will create and manage containment equipment and responses in the Gulf of Mexico − and to make its underwater well-containment equipment available to all oil and gas companies operating in the area.

This and other equipment will preserve existing capability for use by the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico, while Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Shell build a system that exceeds current response capabilities.

Under the terms of an agreement with the Marine Well Containment System operator ExxonMobil, the sponsor companies’ project team will utilise full-time BP technical personnel with experience from the Deepwater Horizon response.