National upstream oil and gas energy MGA J.H. Blades & Co. Inc., along with the Swett & Crawford Dallas Energy team and the recently-acquired Burke Daniels Inc., have joined forces with Wild Well Control Inc. to launch an early intervention pollution control and mitigation program for the U.S. energy market.
The rapid response team is now available exclusively to Blades policyholders via its Berkley Gemini contract or via Contract 400. It is an addition to the Kick Assistance Program (KAP), which is designed to utilize a range of early intervention techniques to minimize a well control incident and its environmental impact before it becomes a costly blowout.
In the event of an incident, Wild Well will now immediately dispatch a joint team of specialists to the scene for both well and pollution control at the source in the hot zone.
“We first partnered with Wild Well Control in 2012 to launch our KAP program and it has already prevented several very large losses. As a result we decided to extend the scope of our offering to cover pollution control and mitigation and, just like with KAP, the new service has premium incentives in place to reward an insured for using the program,” said Brian Krause, a veteran well control specialist on staff at J.H. Blades.
According to Bill Mahler, EVP & GM of Wild Well Control, bringing a well back under control and dealing with any pollution issues can be costly, but “by deploying both a well control team and a pollution response team immediately upon notification, we can work in unison in an effort to minimize the size of the claim – both in terms of control of well and pollution mitigation. In addition to dealing with initial pollution containment, if required, we can also work with the assured, state and federal regulators and loss adjusters on any long-term remediation that might be required.”
Swett & Crawford and JH Blades are wholly-owned subsidiaries of CGSC North America.
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