Helix Producer 1 to be subject of MTS presentation

News - June 1, 2010

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The next MTS Houston Section luncheon will be held on June 24 and will feature  a presentation by G Kevin Robison, Senior Executive with Helix Energy on Helix Energy's recently completed Helix Producer 1.

Designed specifically to serve smaller, deepwater oil fields over the life of the facility, but also suitable for use as an Early Production Test Vessel (EPTV), Helix Producer I DP2 went into service earlier this year. It is the Gulf of Mexico’s first dynamically-positioned floating production vessel.

Helix Producer I is a monohull, ship-shaped FPU designed to process hydrocarbons from subsea wells. It has a process package capable of producing 30,000 BOPD, 70MMSCFD, and 50,000 BWPD.

The vessel is a conversion of Karl, an ice-class train ferry. The first phase of the conversion was undertaken at the Viktor Lenac Shipyard in Croatia where the vessel was upgraded with seven 12MW electric thrusters and dual 4,000-pound hydraulic thrusters for dynamic-positioning capability, the installation of new living quarters, and the addition of full-length sponsons on each side of the vessel for deck space, and payload capacity to accommodate the production facilities.

n lieu of a conventional FPU mooring arrangement, the dynamically positioned 528-foot vessel is equipped with a disconnectable transfer system (DTS), developed by Helix. This will allow the vessel to be rapidly disconnected from flowlines, pipelines and umbilicals and seek shelter from severe weather or during conditions when onsite positioning cannot be maintained.

On returning to the site, the DTS buoy, which supports the risers, can be retrieved and reconnected to the vessel allowing processing operations to resume. This also allows the vessel to be economically moved from field to field as reserves are depleted, making marginal properties profitable to develop, even in deep water. The vessel entered service earlier this year with its first deployment the Helix-ERT Phoenix development at GC 237.

G Kevin Robison has 30 plus years experience with small and large capitalized energy companies that includes exploration & production, transmission and construction companies. As a Senior Executive with Helix he is involved in Asset Management, Sales, capital projects and business development. His responsibilities include managing offshore production assets, capital and P&L budgets for new and existing facilities. Robison has led and participated in various disciplined teams to evaluate and negotiate mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, sales, transportation, processing, transportation & fractionation, derivatives, production handling agreements, joint operating agreements and financial agreements.

Details of this and other MTS events can be found at:

MTS Houston Luncheon -   June 24, 1010 - Helix Producer I - Registration on the web at http://www.mtshouston.org/reservations.cfm
MTS Houston Golf Tournament -   July 22, 1010 - Wildcat Golf Club - Houston - Registration on the web at http://www.mtshouston.org/golf.cfm
Dynamic Positioning Conference - October 12-13, 2010 - Westchase Hilton. Registration on the web at http://www.dynamic-positioning.com.



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