Nine international oil and gas companies, including BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, Shell, Statoil and Total, are working together through the Subsea Well Response Project in collaboration with Oil Spill Response Ltd to develop a global containment toolkit that can support subsea well incident response if well shut-in is not immediately possible.
Shell is the operator of the project out of its headquarters in Stavanger, Norway, overseen by an operating committee comprising of one representative from each participating company.
Expro North Sea was selected by the operating committee to deliver the transfer pumps and coolers for the project.
The pumps will be mounted three per skid and are designed to fit on the deck of the supply vessel ready for rapid deployment anywhere in the world at any time in the event of an environmental situation occurring. The pumps will help contain and quickly remove oil from the sea and offload it into tankers for removal from the incident. The tenth pump will be maintained as a complete spare so that downtime is minimised should there be a need to swap out a pump at short notice.