Testing Our Incident Response System and Well Containment Solution with Our Annual Drill

What is the annual drill?

To ensure HWCG is ready to respond to a deepwater incident, we host and participate in a large-scale annual source control exercise to test and train against our response solution. Our exercise brings together hundreds of experts through our member companies and contractors in conformance with our Mutual Aid program, which supplements our member's institutional knowledge, equipment and resources. 

Regulatory agencies will also be present at the annual exercise, including the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the United States Coast Guard and the gulf coast states Regional Response Teams.  

Read a detailed overview of our well containment process on Rigzone.


Why do we organize it? 

While offshore equipment is designed to prevent the loss of well control, offshore oil and gas operations must be ready to respond in the event of a deepwater blowout. HWCG Deepwater Consortium Operators plan their response and practice their plan. HWCG supports its membership for safe and responsible drilling practices in the Gulf of Mexico through the annual drill. It demonstratively represents that HWCG's “Ready to Respond” commitment to protect people, property and the environment.



During the exercise, the Responsible Party (host company) and Mutual Aid supporters will develop detailed plans specific to the response scenario, which can include debris removal, subsea dispersant use, capping stack deployment, well shut-in planning techniques, relief well(s) planning, flow-back planning, and equipment mobilization plans, depending on the well control scenario.

Additional objectives covered during the exercise include, but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrating the adequacy of the designed command post as an incident command value 
  • Integrating HWCG Mutual Aid resources into the member response organization
  • Testing the capacity of communications systems for seamless information flow for regulators in locations remote to the incident command center and the Responsible Party 

With any emergency response exercise, the main objective is to test the applicability of a response plan. The exercise strives to meet objectives from HWCG, the host company and government agencies in order to be deemed a success.


2017 Annual Drill Key Players

  • Stone Energy Corporation (2017 Drill Host)
  • HWCG
  • HWCG Members through Mutual Aid Supporters 
  • Service Partners and Vendors 
  • Government Regulatory Agencies 


2018 annual drill details 

Host: W&T Offshore , Inc.

Location: Houston, TX

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