Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) is an independent company with headquarters in Houston. The company provides well containment equipment and technology in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. As a leader in deepwater well containment and a technology provider in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the company's mission is to be continuously ready to respond to a deepwater well control incident in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. MWCC is committed to advancing its capabilities to keep pace with its members' needs; membership is open to all oil and gas operators in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
In July 2010, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips committed to providing a new containment response capability. These founding companies of MWCC recognized the need to be better prepared in the event an operator lost control and subsequent containment of a well. As a result, in February 2011, MWCC's interim containment system became available for use in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The interim containment system improves the industry's ability to respond to a deepwater well control incident in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
MWCC is advancing this capability and is currently developing an expanded containment system (ECS) which further increases capacity. Delivery of the components of the ECS, including two Modular Capture Vessels (MCVs) and a new capping stack called the Subsea Containment Assembly (SCA), will take place over the coming months.
Following full ECS system acceptance, equipment from the two individual systems will be combined to form MWCC’s Containment System.