Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) is an independent company with headquarters in Houston. The company, which is not in the business of making a profit, 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, ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell 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 complete 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 which further increases capacity. Engineering and procurement are well advanced and fabrication has been initiated on all key components; the expanded containment system will be available for use in 2013. As MWCC's members look for new and deeper sources of oil, the company is committed to progressing technology that keeps pace with its members' needs.