The Helix Well Containment Group (HWCG) will extend its subsea well containment capabilities to control and contain a spillage in water depths up to 10,000ft later this year.
HWCG’s current system is capable controlling and containing spills in water depths up to 5,600ft and will utilise Helix Energy Solutions Group’s Q4000 intervention vessel.
By 8 April 2011, the system is due to increase its capacity up to 8,000ft with capture and processing capabilities of 55,000 barrels of oil per day and 95 million cubic feet of gas per day.
In the coming weeks, HWCG will also add a 15,000 pounds per square inch capping stack.
The system is expected to reach full operational capability for water depths of up to 10,000ft in the third quarter of 2011.
HWCG is a consortium of 22 deepwater operators in the Gulf of Mexico that aims to expand capabilities to quickly and comprehensively respond to oil spill incidents following the gulf oil spill.