Helix Producer I will process oil and gas from subsea wells approximately 85 miles off the Louisiana coast in a water depth of approximately 2,000 feet. The dynamic positioning system, in lieu of a conventional FPU mooring arrangement, and the DTS will allow the FPU to quickly disconnect from the risers and to leave its location in order to avoid any risk of possible damage from tropical storms or hurricanes.
While Lloyd's Register classes a number of FPUs worldwide and in the Americas, Helix Producer I is the first to operate in US waters. "With this award we can clearly see our long-term strategy coming into focus for offshore development projects in the Gulf of Mexico," says David Corbett, Senior Vice-President of Energy and Transportation for Lloyd's Register North America.
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