U.K. set for its own oil spill response

Sept. 6, 2011 at 10:04 AM

ABERDEEN, Scotland, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Engineers in Great Britain said they are showcasing two new oil spill containment systems meant to respond to any major disasters in the North Sea.

At an oil expo in Scotland, Wild Well Control, a Texas company that helped in the response to last year's spill in the Gulf of Mexico, unveiled a $40 million oil containment system using "best in class" technology gleaned from the gulf disaster, The Daily Telegraph newspaper in London reports.

Meanwhile, James House, chairman of the British Oil Spill Prevention Response and Advisory Group, is showcasing his own system he said is "essential, as it allows a quick response no matter how unlikely a scenario this is."

The non-profit Marine Well Containment Co. was set up in the wake of the oil spill last year in the Gulf of Mexico to respond to disasters like the incident at BP's Deepwater Horizon oil platform.

An interim response system developed by the MWCC could contain as much as 60,000 barrels of fluid per day in the event of a spill. A system set for 2012 could capture up to 100,000 barrels and 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

At the start of the expo Tuesday, there was little public information available about the new containment systems.

Natural processes dispersed much of the spill reported from Shell's Gannet oil platform in the North Sea last month.

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