Wood Group contracted for Helix Producer I commissioning services

Helix Energy Solutions has awarded Wood Group a contract to provide commissioning services and offshore personnel for the Helix Producer I, the first ship-shaped floating production unit (FPU) in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- Helix Energy Solutions has awarded Wood Group a contract to provide commissioning services and offshore personnel for the Helix Producer I, the first ship-shaped floating production unit (FPU) in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Wood Group subsidiary DSI helped to develop the commissioning plan and commissioned the ship's systems in Croatia and Greece, where the hull of the train ferry Helix converted to the FPU was retrofitted. The vessel's 10 topsides production modules are being commissioned in Ingleside, Texas, where they will be installed on the hull.

Wood Group Production Services is providing more than 20 operators, mechanics, electricians, and marine personnel for the Helix Producer I. In the event of weather-related emergencies, the FPU, unlike fixed platforms, will disconnect from the subsea infrastructure and relocate. Crew members will stay on board, instead of evacuating, enabling the vessel to stay on production longer and resume production quickly after reconnecting.

12/08/2009

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