Well testing and water treatment company Production Technology and Services, Inc. (PTS) said US offshore safety regulator Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has issued a letter to HWCG deeming the PTS-supplied temporary processing equipment suitable for use as a part of HWCG’s single vessel solution (SVS).
HWCG is a consortium of deepwater operators and non-operators in the Gulf of Mexico who have come together to expand subsea well containment response capabilities.
According to PTS, the HWCG SVS system is designed to capture well effluent during a deepwater blowout when the well cannot be shut-in or capping is delayed. The kit can be rigged up on most mobile offshore drilling units (MODU) and process up to 220 MMCFPD and 130 KBFPD, the company said.
Developed under contract for HWCG, the temporary processing system is on standby for deployment at PTS’ Gulf of Mexico location in Broussard, La. PTS said the system is the largest modular temporary processing system built for emergency response and is designed for rapid deployment to enable quick well containment and control.
Steven Parker, vice president, PTS, said, “This package will be on standby at all times, equipped for rapid response to an emergency in the Gulf of Mexico.”
Craig Castille, managing director, HWCG, said, “When responding to a deepwater blowout, the mission is to quickly stop the flow of hydrocarbons into the environment. If the well cannot be shut-in or the capping process is delayed, then processing and capture of hydrocarbons is the next best alternative. We are proud to have this technology available to our members.”