Helix flows first oil from Danny field

Helix started oil production from its Danny field in the Gulf of Mexico in early February.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- Helix started oil production from its Danny field in the Gulf of Mexico in early February. Danny, in Garden Banks block 506 in 2,700 ft (823) m of water, is tied back to a Helix-operated platform in East Cameron block 381. Meanwhile, gas production has increased from the Helix-operated Noonan field following third-party pipeline repairs. Noonan and Danny share the same block.

Helix adds that it continues the commissioning of its newest pipelay vessel and floating production unit. The company’s DP-2 pipelay vessel Ceasar recently arrived in the Gulf of Mexico. Its first assignment is an internal project to install 7 mi (11 km) of 12-in. (30-cm) pipeline. Work is to begin in April. Next, beginning mid-year, the vessel has been contracted to install 46 mi (74 km) of 20-in. (51-cm) gas pipeline.

The company’s floating production unit Helix Production I is docked at Kiewit’s yard in Ingleside for final commissioning and US Coast Guard inspections. The vessel is expected to leave the yard for sea trials late this quarter. It is scheduled to be moored on the Phoenix field in Green Canyon block 237 for first production by mid-year.

2/25/2010

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