Leaders in safe well containment
The Helix Fast Response System (HFRS) is a compilation of our Company’s unique assets, experience, preparedness, dedication to 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 HFRS to respond to future spills. The HFRS combines services offered by both the Helix Producer I (HPI) and either the Q4000 or the Q5000 vessels, depending upon availability and location. During the BP Macondo spill, the HPI processed oil and gas discharged from the well and the Q4000 deployed the cofferdam, burned off oil and gas from the well and recovered the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer. The HPI, Q4000 and Q5000 all operate in the Gulf of Mexico to form a strategic team to react to and assist with well control and containment efforts.
Calling off working vessels is operationally preferable to a modular system that would take longer to deploy and may go untested for extended periods. The HFRS uses the proven methodologies from Macondo to provide spill response capacity.
Since February 2011, the HFRS has been cited as the spill response system of record for more than 200 new drilling permits issued in the Gulf of Mexico. At full production capacity, the HPI is capable of producing 55,000 barrels of oil per day (BOPD) and 95 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of gas at 10,000 psi in water depths to 10,000 feet. In addition, the Q4000 and Q5000 have been outfitted to accommodate a temporary process package that can handle 130,000 BOPD and 220 MMSCFPD at 10,000 psi in water depths to 10,000 feet.
The HFRS continues to be named as a well control resource in customers’ permit applications and is a powerful tool in the industry’s arsenal to help mitigate and remediate the environmental risks associated with offshore drilling and production operations in the Gulf of Mexico.