WATCH: PSW Demonstrates Its Well Control Response


PSW Group has taken a strategic step to provide operators with a capping stack as part of Norwegian oil & gas emergency response plans.

PSW Group’s capping stack was mobilized and deployed in Fensfjorden on the 22nd of August, as demonstration of the company’s ability to immediately respond to a well control incident.

In preparation for their first operated well, Wellesley Petroleum tested the mobilization and deployment procedures of PSW Group’s stack to ensure its well could be capped within a 72 hour target. The exercise not only tested the capping stack and deployment team, but the associated support systems in Wellesley and Well Expertise incident teams.

“The capping stack deployment exercise with our Well Incident Team has increased our knowledge and confidence to react in a well control situation. We are very pleased with the collaborative efforts from all concerned,” says Callum Smyth, country manager i Wellesley Petroleum.

The capping stack is stored at the PSW Group facilties at Mongstad and has a 24/7 duty team available.

“Our capping stack can be ready at Mongstad quayside within 24 hours of notification. We have the facilities, tools and personnel to maintain, test and mobilise the stack, as well as deploy and install on the relevant well,” says Oddbjørn Haukøy, CEO of PSW Group.

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