Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) has completed the demonstration of an emergency response system at a simulated well in the Gulf of Mexico.

"The mobilisation, function and pressure testing performed as expected and were within the anticipated timeline, MWCC said."

Under the direction of the the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Department of Interior, MWCC worked with Shell Oil Company to prove the industry’s ability to contain a deepwater oil leak in the area.

The containment system includes the physical deployment of a 100-ton capping stack, which is 30 feet tall and 14 feet wide.

Marty Massey, MWCC CEO, said: "This demonstration is further proof that we have the right people, processes and equipment in place to be continuously ready to respond."

The mobilisation, function and pressure testing performed as expected and were within the anticipated timeline, MWCC said.

BSEE inspectors and engineers monitored the demonstration from MWCC headquarters, Unified Command and the two vessels transporting the equipment offshore.

James Watson, BSEE director, said: "The successful completion of this deployment demonstration is significant to the safe advancement of deepwater exploration. Through our regulatory programme, BSEE continues to help ensure that industry operates safely."