Deepwater Horizon: Helix Producer connection progress depends on weather
Connection of the third production vessel, the Helix Producer, via a floating riser is under way and the successful completion timeframe depends upon the sea states at the site.
HOUSTON – Connection of the third production vessel, the Helix Producer, via a floating riser is under way and the successful completion timeframe depends upon the sea states at the site. If the weather permits, the connection could be completed in the next few days, says Admiral Thad Allen. The Incident Command is monitoring the storm around Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for its potential to interrupt operations.
Once the vessel is connected, the capacity of oil recovery jumps from the 24,982 b/d recovered in the 24 hours ending at midnight July 5 to 53,000 b/d. That also will help determine the flow rate of the well and will contribute to the decision whether to replace the existing containment cap with a more effective one.
Allen is in Houston today to confer with BP officials regarding the next steps and the timing of them. Looking ahead about 10 days, the second riser installation may be completed as soon as July 17, again depending upon weather.
Relief well drilling continues with the Development Driller III at 12.457 ft below the sea bed and 264 ft away from its target depth at the interception point for the Macondo well. The Development Driller II is at 8,555 ft with the backup relief well.