HOUSTON – New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has awarded Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. a five-well complete abandonment project.
In late 2022, the semisubmersible Q7000 is expected to mobilize to the Tui field offshore New Plymouth and perform the work in three phases: well abandonment, recovery of subsea trees, and wellhead severance and recovery. Excluding mobilization, the project is anticipated to last about 60 days.
According to Scotty Sparks, Helix’s executive vice president and COO, this is the company’s first decommissioning project offshore New Zealand.
Equipped with an IMO-certified DP-3 system and the Helix-designed intervention riser system, the Q7000 can execute well intervention and decommissioning operations in water depths ranging from 85 m to 3,000 m (279 ft to 9,842 ft).