Dubai: Drydocks World announced on Tuesday that the world’s first Modular Capture Vessel (MCV) Eagle Texas had departed from its yard.
The conversion of the aframax tanker was carried out by Drydocks World, Dubai and was completed for Malaysia’s AET.
AET has a 20-year agreement with Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC), a consortium of 10 big oil firms.
The MCVs will operate as normal tankers in the US Gulf of Mexico and would be deployed for containment services in the event of a deep water well control incident in the region.
"We are delighted with the culmination of this first-of-a-kind project that contributes to the effective management of oilwells and will contribute to enhanced industry containment capabilities by developing a significant component of the entire system,” said Khamis Juma Buamim, chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World.
Modular, adaptable process equipment installed on the MCV will connect to the riser assembly that directs the flow from the subsea components. The process equipment will separate the liquids from gas, safely store the liquids and flare the gas. Then the liquids will be offloaded to shuttle tankers which will transport the liquids to shore. [14/08/13]