HWCG to Host Hundreds of Technical Experts for Well Control Drill

HOUSTON--()--On May 10-11, HWCG LLC will bring together over two hundred well control experts and regulatory representatives for its annual source control drill in Katy, TX. LLOG Exploration, the largest privately owned producer in the United States, will host the exercise.

During this large-scale drill, LLOG will act as the “Responsible Party” in a simulated well blowout scenario. HWCG’s Mutual Aid team, which includes experts from all sixteen member companies as well as dozens of vendors and response partners, will assist LLOG in gaining well control during the exercise. This massive Mutual Aid repository becomes available to all HWCG members in the event of a real source control incident.

Despite declining rig counts and spending cuts elsewhere in the industry, HWCG and its members continue to integrate dynamic response capabilities to quickly and comprehensively respond to a blowout.

“The annual drill is just one way that HWCG actively maintains its ‘Ready to Respond’ commitment to protect people, property and the environment,” explains David Coatney, Managing Director of HWCG. “While the annual drill represents the largest single event each year, our consortium facilitates planning meetings and technical discussions year-round.”

As changes to well control regulation unfold, HWCG leads its membership in advocating for safe and responsible drilling practices. The consortium’s Deepwater Intervention Technical Committee, comprised of over thirty industry experts, is charged with prioritizing technological upgrades to the response system and will continue to play a key role in advising HWCG’s members.

To demonstrate its authentic commitment to safety, HWCG has invited regulatory agencies, including the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and United States Coast Guard, to participate in the exercise. The drill provides one of the most effective, large-scale training opportunities for both the industry and its regulators.

To learn more about HWCG’s comprehensive response system and commitment to offshore safety, visit hwcg.org.


HWCG LLC is a consortium of 16 deepwater operators in the Gulf of Mexico who have come together with the common goal of maintaining capabilities to quickly and comprehensively respond to a subsea well containment event to protect people, property and the environment. Bringing together the technical expertise and resources from this diverse group of operators, and building upon equipment tested and proven in the Deepwater Horizon response, HWCG has developed a deepwater well containment response system and mutual aid agreement capable of immediate activation and deployment. For more information, visit: http://www.hwcg.org/.


HWCG Members

Bennu Oil & Gas, LLC
Cobalt International Energy, L.P.
Deep Gulf Energy LP
ENI US Operating Co. Inc.
EnVen Energy Ventures, LLC
Energy Resource Technology GOM, LLC
Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas LLC
LLOG Exploration Company, LLC
Marathon Oil Company

Marubeni Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.

Murphy Exploration & Production Company - USA

Noble Energy, Inc.

Repsol Services Company

Stone Energy Corporation

Walter Oil & Gas Corporation

W&T Offshore, Inc.


BrandExtract LLC
Laura Puente, 713-942-7959


BrandExtract LLC
Laura Puente, 713-942-7959