helix q7000Helix Energy Solutions’ Q7000 vessel has berthed in Port Taranaki to carry out a crew exchange and load up on supplies before heading to complete the third stage of the Tui oil field decommissioning campaign, which is set to take approximately three months to complete.

Port Taranaki’s head of commercial, Ross Dingle, said the port was pleased to support the project, having also provided berthing services and laydown facilities for the first two stages.

Port Taranaki is working with New Plymouth-headquartered energy consultancy, Elemental Group, which is providing project management assistance of New Zealand operations for Helix Energy Solutions.

Nick Jackson, Elemental Group Director, said, “All up, there will be a team of more than 100 on the Q7000, over half being Kiwis and Aussies in operations roles working alongside the Helix crews, as well as several specialist roles, such as wireline and cementing.

“We’re excited to be a part of the project. I worked on some of the original Tui exploration wells, so it’s nice to be involved in restoring the mauri of the area.”