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 Helix HFRS has been cited as the spill response system of record for nearly 240 new drilling permits issued in the Gulf of Mexico. At full production capacity, the Helix Producer I is capable of producing 55,000 BOPD and 95 MMSCFD of gas at 10,000 psi in water depths to 10,000 feet. In addition, the Q4000 or 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.
Our role in the 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, Q4000 and Q5000 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 may go untested for extended periods.
The HFRS includes key subsea systems to transport hydrocarbons to the surface for capture and disposal. This equipment is kept in inventory in Houston, where they are maintained and available for deployment at any time.