Helix Energy Solutions played a key role in the Macondo hydrocarbon spill response, providing assets and offshore teams to assist in the completion of containment efforts. Helix's Q4000 multipurpose semisubmersible platform and the Helix Producer I floating production unit each played prominent roles in the effort.
Based on the lessons learned and technologies developed for the Macondo spill response, Helix has developed its Fast Response System (HFRS) for future spills. The system uses proven methodologies to provide spill response capacity. Since February 2012, the HFRS has been cited as the spill response system of record for more than sixty new drilling permits issued in the Gulf of Mexico. At full production capacity, the Helix HFRS can handle up to 55,000 BOPD, 70,000 BLPD and 95 MMSCFD, at 10,000 psi in water depths to 10,000 feet.
Benefits of the Helix HFRS include: Vessels and crews currently operating in the Gulf. The Helix Producer I and Q4000 operate in the Gulf of Mexico full time, with experienced crews. Calling off working vessels is operationally preferable to a modular system that would take longer to deploy and go untested for extended periods.
Subsea components built and staged in advance. The HFRS includes key subsea systems to transport hydrocarbons to the surface for capture and disposal are kept in inventory at Helix's Gulf of Mexico spoolbase, where they are maintained and available for deployment at a moment's notice.
Helix Energy Solutions Group Helix Fast Response System Overview Brochure English
Helix Fast Response System Gulf of Mexico Utilization Map February 2011 - February 2012