Spill containment system headed for Texas coast

The centerpiece of a more than $1 billion system for containing oil spills will be stored and maintained at a site in Ingleside, Texas, creating additional jobs in the coastal region known for its platform building capabilities.

Marine Well Containment Company announced the decision Wednesday.

The company says its system will be capable of containing oil spilling from wells in waters up to 10,000 feet deep. It can contain oil flowing at a rate of 100,000 barrels per day, according to Marine Well Containment Company.

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The system includes a large collection of components that will be stored and maintained either at Kiewit Offshore Services in Ingleside or at a facility in Mobile, Ala., MWCC said.

The key pieces of the system, including the capping stack equipment that would go on top of a problem well, will be located in Ingleside, the company said. Kiewit Offshore Services also will store, test and maintain modular capture vessels that will be used to collect spilled oil.

“Kiewit is a leader in construction, engineering and design, and we are proud to join them in the Ingleside community,” MWCC CEO Marty Massey said in a statement. “We are confident Kiewit will help us continue to carry out our mission of being continuously ready to respond.”

In the event of a spill, the system’s components would be deployed from Mobile and Ingleside, according to MWCC.

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“For years at our (Kiewit Offshore Services) facility, we’ve been able to construct state-of-the-art oil and gas equipment and structures for clients operating in the Gulf,” Fuat Sezer, president of Kiewit Offshore Services, said in a statement. “This project taps into the expertise of our workforce, which is excited to help develop and maintain this crucial deepwater well containment equipment.”