Topic: Commercial Transactions

Helix experience flurry of activity through agreements with HWCG and MDL

Region: All
Content Types: Report
Date: Mar, 2021

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Helix Energy Solutions Group (Helix) has announced that it has entered into a new agreement for response resources with HWCG LLC which was closely followed by Helix Robotics Solutions (HRS), a division of Helix, awarding Maritime Developments Ltd (MDL) a two-year frame agreement for project engineering services and equipment supply.


HWCG’s members, under the new agreement with Helix, will be given the opportunity to identify the Helix Fast Response System as a response resource in permit applications to U.S. federal and state agencies, and to deploy the Helix Fast Response System to respond to a well control incident in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

The Helix Fast Response System consists of the Helix Producer I floating production unit, Q4000 or Q5000 vessels, subsea intervention systems, crude transfer systems and other well control equipment.

Under the terms of the agreement, HWCG will pay Helix an annual retention fee and HWCG’s members will receive a credit against this fee for every day that a member utilises the Q4000 or Q5000.

Owen Kratz, CEO of Helix, commented, “We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with HWCG, and are proud to stand on call as a first responder in the Gulf of Mexico. Helix’s industry expertise in offshore well intervention and well control is second to none, and we feel this agreement demonstrates the parties’ commitment to the continued safe planning, operation and execution of offshore oil and gas production. We embrace our role as a provider of sustainable solutions, are proud to offer the Helix Fast Response System to help mitigate and remediate the environmental risks associated with offshore drilling and production operations.”

Adding to this, HWCG’s Managing Director, Craig T. Castille said, “HWCG and its membership are pleased to have Helix continue as a business partner and core contractor for its source control and containment response in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.”

The agreement replaces the parties’ prior agreement and is effective April 1, 2021 for an initial two-year term.

Maritime Developments Limited

Closely following this, Helix Robotics Solutions, announced that it has awarded MDL a two-year frame agreement covering the provision of MDL Project Management and Engineering services, as well as personnel and equipment, to optimise HRS’ offshore campaigns.

HRS will now be able to draw on MDL’s in-house expertise for storyboard development, visualisations and procedures/task plans for offshore execution, deck layout optimisation, sea-fastening design and verification, drawings and calculation packages and crane lift requirement assessments.

For the project execution phase, HRS will also have access to MDL’s expert personnel and market-leading rental fleet and look to optimise the costs and timescales in mob/demob stages with MDL’s portable technology.
MDL will also provide field engineering support to act as the interface between vessel management team, end client and pipelay equipment spread during mobilisation, offshore execution and demobilisation.

For bespoke projects, MDL has offered its 21-year track record in mechanical handling design and manufacture, to deliver newbuild solutions, as well as equipment maintenance, repairs and upgrades.