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Photo of the Week: Helix Producer I DP2 Monohull - Mobile, Alabama

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The Gulf of Mexico's First Floating Production Unit!

The Helix Producer I DP2 monohull floating production unit is designed to produce hydrocarbons and export to shore via pipeline or tanker. The vessel is equipped with a disconnectable transfer system (DTS) which allows the ship to weathervane during production. This setup also allows disconnection from flowlines, pipelines and umbilicals, enabling the vessel to seek shelter from severe weather and during conditions where position onsite cannot safely be maintained.

Upon return to the production site, the DTS buoy can be retrieved and reconnected so that processing operations can resume. The Helix Producer I is designed to serve smaller oil fields in deepwater over the life of the facility, and can also be used as an early production test vessel.

Process facility capacities are as follows:
Nominal Oil Production: 30,000 BOPD
Maximum Oil Production: 45,000 BOPD
Maximum Water Production: 50,000 BWPD
Maximum Total Liquids Production: 60,000 BFPD
Maximum Associated Gas Production: 72 MMSCFD

The rig is designed to produce upwards of 100,000 bbls per day and is jointly owned by Shell (71.5%) and BP (28.5%) The Mars field is one of the largest proven hydrocarbon reserves in the Gulf of Mexico and Shell estimates that it will produce to at least 2050.

Keywords: Vessel Name: Helix Producer I DP2, General Steamship, BP, Shell, Gulf of Mexico, Agents, Producer.

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First photo above from Helix ESG (through Wikipedia). Last four photos provided by Hetty Bobenrieth, General Steamship - Mobile, Alabama - Approx. 11/09/13