A tremendous amount of effort has been placed on subsea cap and containment in order to demonstrate the exploration and production industry's response to a subsea well control event. This paper will focus on the methods and processes planned to contain a subsea blow out beneath a Tension Leg Platform (TLP) in deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Response to a well control event of this type is divided into 3 major categories: 1) TLP Health and Stability Monitoring - Understanding the structure stability is key in planning the response and determining the time allowed to deploy containment assets, 2) Debris Clearing- a path must be cleared into the well pattern horizontally and vertically for the capping stack to be deployed and 3) Stack Deployment - with the TLP still floating above the well pattern the stack must be deployed laterally under the facility and onto the well. Several challenges were encountered during the design and approval of this containment method, leading to the development of alternative capping strategies, purpose built capping stacks, installation of permanent monitoring / response equipment and use of Delmar's Heave Compensated Landing System (HCLS) to accomplish these critical subsea tasks.
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