Aker Delivers Key Environmental Safety Product for GOM Operations

Norwegian oilfield services firm Aker Solutions reported Thursday that it has delivered a key subsea component for a new system designed to limit environmental risks from oil and gas production in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Aker said that it had delivered the Subsea Containment Assembly (SCA) to Marine Well Containment Company's team at Ingleside, Texas. The SCA is designed to contain a well-control incident by connecting and creating a seal to prevent oil leaks. It can also be used in a cap-and-flow plan to direct fluid to vessels on the surface. The technology works under pressures as high as 15,000 pounds per square inch.

The equipment weighs 170 tons and consists of a stack of adapters and connectors assembled on a steel base. Aker developed the technology over three years, using designers and engineers from its hub in Houston.

Alan Brunnen, head of Aker's subsea business, commented in company statement:

"This has been a collaborative effort involving ten oil companies and is a great example of how the offshore industry can pull together. Aker Solutions is pleased to have contributed its unique knowledge and experience in high-pressure subsea technology."

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