US-based Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) has awarded a contract to Wood Group to provide an operator simulator and support training for containment in the event of a deepwater well control incident in the Gulf of Mexico.

Wood Group Kenny will develop the simulator using its VP Link and Virtuoso software, and will place it at the MWCC shore base near Corpus Christi, Texas.

Train operators involved in the deployment of MWCC’s well containment equipment can use the simulator in case of a requirement of capture operations for an incident response.

Wood Group Kenny CEO Bob MacDonald said: "Providing the technology to help train those responsible for tackling well control incidents in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico is a very important project.

"Providing the technology to help train those responsible for tackling well control incidents in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico is a very important project."

"We will utilise our extensive experience in software and simulation to support this safety effort."

Wood Group Kenny plans to use its software in an integrated approach to simulate subsea and topside processes during well containment efforts.

According to Wood Group, the contract will further bolster the company’s capability in projects with regard to well response.

For the past four years, Wood Group has collaborated with MWCC to provide services that include several flow assurance studies for MWCC’s cap and flow design.

The companies also developed MWCC’s process operational procedure.

In May, Wood Group Mustang completed engineering services for the two MWCC vessels that can be deployed in the event of a deepwater well control incident in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company provided services such as follow-on design engineering, on-site engineering, integration and testing of systems and components from multiple vendors.