Our Mission

In the aftermath of the Macondo (Deepwater Horizon) event, offshore energy companies joined together to form HWCG with the mission of developing a comprehensive and rapid deepwater containment response system for the Gulf of Mexico.

Today, HWCG is a consortium of deepwater operators and non-operators committed to building the safest, most comprehensive and fastest possible response system through extensive industry collaboration and mutual aid.

We manage the facilitation of a deepwater incident response for our members. Beyond our owned assets, we maintain agreements with service partners who will provide additional services, equipment, expertise and personnel during a response effort. This allows us to bring together the best possible resources, regardless of ownership, to respond on an immediate basis.

Our response system builds on the equipment proven effective in the eventual containment of Macondo's drilled well, including the Helix Fast Response System (HFRS) with the Q4000 intervention vessel and Helix Producer 1 from Helix Energy Solutions Group. HWCG continues to develop industry-leading solutions with continual equipment upgrades and expanding capabilities.


HWCG’s existing well containment system capabilities include:

  • The ability to fully operate in water depths of up to 10,000 feet
  • 2 dual ram capping stacks: 15,000 psi and a 10,000 psi
  • Intervention equipment to cap and contain a well with the mechanical and structural integrity to be shut in at depths up to 10,000 feet
  • The ability to capture and process 130,000 barrels of fluid per day and 220 million cubic feet of gas per day

Additional system upgrades are being evaluated based on the growth needs of the consortium members.

Watch an animation on HWCG's Deepwater Well Containment Response Solution.

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