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Wood Group Provides Commissioning Services and Operations Personnel for First Floating Production Oil & Gas vessel in US Gulf of Mexico

Wood Group Wood Group has been selected by Helix Energy Solutions 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 experienced 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.

"FPUs such as the Helix Producer I are increasingly being evaluated for use in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico," stated Derek Blackwood, president of Wood Group's production facilities activities in the Americas. "Wood Group's extensive track record and demonstrated experience in commissioning, operating and maintaining offshore production facilities worldwide will help to ensure the best possible start up and subsequent operation of this precedent-setting vessel."

DSI (Deepwater Specialists Inc.) is a provider of facilities commissioning services to the international oil and gas industry. DSI provides function checks and proves the integrity of all systems after construction is completed and prior to the introduction of hydrocarbons. DSI has provided offshore commissioning of 26 deepwater and offshore facilities since being founded in 1998, while maintaining one of the industry's most outstanding safety records.

Wood Group Production Services provides operations and maintenance (O&M) services on a total management or integrated basis. Scalable, integrated O&M solutions realizing the need for service compatibility throughout the life of an asset are designed to suit individual client requirements. WGPS' total support capabilities-including qualified personnel, integrated services, navigation aids and safety systems, compressor and engine maintenance, and customised state-of-the-art supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and systems integration services - are provided to Gulf of Mexico inland, shelf and deepwater operations and internationally.

Helix Energy Solutions, headquartered in Houston, is an international offshore energy company that provides reservoir development solutions and other contracting services to the energy market as well as to its own oil and gas business unit. Helix's contracting services segment utilises its vessels and offshore equipment that when applied with its methodologies reduce finding and development costs and cover the complete lifecycle of an offshore oil and gas field. Helix's oil and gas segment engages in prospect generation, exploration, development and production activities. Helix operates primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Asia Pacific and Middle East Regions.

The Helix Producer I FPU will be equipped with capacity to handle 45,000 BOPD, 70 MMcf/D of gas and 50,000 BWPD. It will be installed in water depths of 2,100 feet (640 meters) on the Phoenix field (formerly Typhoon), in Green Canyon block 237, with first oil expected to be produced in the first quarter of 2010.

Published 08/12/09

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