Also, the Marine Well Containment Company is an organization set up for the purpose of containing an underwater well control incident in U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Membership is open to all oil and gas operators in the U.S. gulf waters, and the group is funding and building a containment system intended to be more flexible than the Helix system. It will be compatible with a wide range of well designs and equipment, oil and natural gas flow rates, and weather conditions.16

Industry or other organizations should support the further development of containment systems with R&D efforts, field tests, risk analysis, simulations, and so forth to improve preparedness, reliability, and the effectiveness of future containment.


16 Most recently accessed Jan. 17, 2012.

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