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Wood Group Kenny and OSRCL to aid oil spill containment

Health & Safety

Wood Group Kenny (WGK) has signed a five-year contract with Oil Spill Response (Capping) Ltd (OSRCL) to provide maintenance support for a toolkit intended to contain hydrocarbon release

In the event of a subsea well control incident, the multi-million dollar project will ensure that the flexible flowlines are in a stable condition for continuous periods of time, for immediate load out, said WGK officials.

This will include maintenance management, recommendations for preservation, inspection and testing of all ancillary and lifting equipment as well as the flexible flowlines, stored at sites in the UK, Singapore and Brazil.

Wood Group Kenny CEO Bob MacDonald, said, “This project is of vital importance to the industry as subsea well control and oil spill containment is always high on the safety agenda and key to incident response. When an operator is faced with a situation which could lead to a significant hydrocarbon release, this system has to be ready to be deployed rapidly with the assurance that it will be fit for purpose.”

The flowlines are critical to the containment toolkit designed for the Subsea Well Response Project (SWRP) – a joint industry project managed by Shell in Norway and funded by eight of the major operating companies. WGK has taken an innovative approach in the SWRP to engineer the flexibles, improving traditional design to fulfil the criteria for this standby kit.

The flexible flowlines will be shipped to an incident site in the event of a hydrocarbon release – part of the containment toolkit that can be used at water depths of up to 3,000 metres and accommodating a range of operating pressures, temperatures and fluid compositions. The equipment needs to be interfaced with a readily-available well test riser and well test surface spread on a drill rig or drill ship. It permits the rig to be located offshore at a safe distance from the incident site, and the system can be deployed safely in a range of weather conditions.