Helix Begins Pipeline Manufacture at New GOM Shore Base
Helix Energy Solutions has begun pipeline fabrication operations at its full-service deepwater support base on the Intercoastal Waterway
in Ingleside, Texas. The first pipeline currently under construction at the new base is the 35-mile, 8" x 12" pipe-in-pipe flow line for ERT's Danny oil field, located in Garden Banks block 506.
"This facility provides deepwater access with short transit to the open Gulf of Mexico waters," said Paul Byington, Senior Vice President of Helix Subsea Construction. "Our main goal is to handle all of the required fabrication activities to support subsea operations in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Bay of Campeche and Trinidad from this new facility. We are located far enough down the coast that with the Helix Express we can efficiently make a run to the Bay of Campeche or Trinidad with a full load of pipe. The base has the capacity to address the full array of required stalking applications, fabrication of subsea components or anything else that might be required of a full-service deepwater support base such as ours."
Located near the Ingleside Shipyards, the entire facility is 7,500 ft in length and includes a deepwater slip measuring 700-ft -long, 300-ft-wide and 32-ft deep. The nearest sea buoy is only a 45-minute sail, and its location on the Intercoastal Waterway provides storm
The 120 acre state-of-the-art facility houses a 20,800 sq ft Firing Line building optimized for SCR, pipe-in-pipe, insulated and standard
coated pipe stalking operations. The shore base will utilize a variety of welding processes and pipe materials. The firing line building also houses a complete weld test area, including in house mechanical and NDT weld testing capabilities.
The shore base includes a 12,800 sq ft dedicated fabrication building and 15 dedicated acres adjacent to the deepwater slip to support onsite fabrication and SIT of PLETs, manifolds and jumpers.
Exclusive of the one mile length in stalk racks is a dedicated 40-acre storage and handling area. The new shore base is equipped to receive
pipe by barge as well, reducing logistics and handling costs for future projects.
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