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Well containment

Leaders in safe well containment

The Helix Fast Response System (HFRS) is a compilation of our company’s unique assets, experience, preparedness, dedication to the industry safety, and past offshore spill response emergencies.

Based on the lessons learned and technologies developed for the BP Macondo spill response in 2010, Helix developed the Helix Fast Response System (HFRS) to respond to a future spill. The system uses proven methodologies to provide spill response capacity. Since February 2011, the HFRS has been cited as the spill response system of record for nearly 200 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.


Our role in the Helix Fast Response System (HFRS) is based on our unique assets, experience, preparedness and dedication to industry safety, as demonstrated in response to a previous offshore emergencies. 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.

The HFRS includes key subsea systems to transport hydrocarbons to the surface for capture and disposal are kept in inventory in the Gulf of Mexico, where they are maintained and available for deployment at any time.

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