Phoenix Phoenix
PRODUCTION FACILITY
Facility Name Helix Producer I Duty Oil/Gas
Operator Helix Solutions Group Current Status Producing since 2010
Host Type FPU/FPS Water Depth 2,679 m / 8,841 ft
Dev.Cost n/a Region US
 
Location Green Canyon 237
 
OIL & GAS FIELD
Field Name Boris Discovery Date Nov 2001
Block Green Canyon 282 Reserve Type Oil/Gas
Current
Status
Under Development Production Start Feb 2003
Water Depth 727 m / 2,399 ft



Field Name Phoenix Discovery Date Oct 1984
Block Green Canyon 236, 237 Reserve Type Oil/Gas
Current
Status
Producing Production Start Oct 2010
Water Depth 640 m / 2,112 ft



Field Name Wang Discovery Date Dec 2012
Block Green Canyon 237 Reserve Type Oil
Current
Status
Under Development Production Start
Water Depth 733 m / 2,419 ft
 
 
Description
 
In 2005, Hurricane Rita wreaked havoc in the Gulf of Mexico, destroying several platforms in its wake. Among the facilities destroyed was the Typhoon tension leg platform, located on Green Canyon Block 237. The TLP was capsized and drifted nearly 60 miles (97 kilometers) across the Gulf.

The Typhoon field was abandoned for a year until Energy Resource Technology acquired the Typhoon mini-basin, including the Typhoon field, the Boris and Little Burn areas, and three prospects: Balvenie, Tornado, and Kissy-Suzuki. The project was renamed Phoenix, and its field development incorporates a Floating Production Unit, the first ship-shaped production vessel to operate in the Gulf of Mexico.

ERT serves as the operator of the project and holds a 70% interest; Sojitz GOM holds the remaining 30% interest.

Constructing the FPU

Once ERT came onboard, the operator evaluated the field by assessing the reservoir and the condition of the field's wells, as well as starting remediation work at the old TLP site. The work included decommissioning most of the original flowlines, risers and umbilicals and removing debris from the toppled TLP and repairing the oil and gas export pipelines.

While work was being carried out on the field, the operator contracted Helix to provide an FPU, named the Helix Producer I, and construction commenced shortly after. The M/V Karl, an ice-class train ferry, was converted into the FPU with the design to produce from smaller fields in deep water and also be used as an early production test vessel. The vessel was upgraded with seven 12-megawatt electric thrusters and dual 4,000-pound hydraulic thrusters for dynamic-positioning capability, installed with new living quarters, and outfitted with full-length sponsons on each side of the vessel.

The 528-foot-long (161-meter-long) dynamically positioned FPU has a detachable buoy that can disconnect and sink to a water depth of 130 feet (40 meters). The vessel is equipped with a daily capacity of 30,000 barrels of oil, 72 MMcf/d (2.03 MMcm/d) and 50,000 barrels of water.

Field Development

The field development of Phoenix includes eight existing wells, from the Typhoon era, on two core production areas covering four blocks. Initial production will be from four wells tied to the FPU that is equipped to handle production from the prospects, if they are proven successful.

Prior to the hurricane, the field produced at a combined daily flow rate, from two wells on Typhoon and two wells on Boris, of 13,000 bopd and 21 MMcf/d. These two wells in addition to the Phoenix-4 well and the Little Burn well will be tied to the FPU as part of the field's redevelopment work.

In addition to the subsea wells, the operator is planning on using existing wellhead equipment by installing new umbilicals, flowlines, jumpers and two six-inch flexible production risers. Two additional flexible risers will deliver gas and oil from the FPU to existing pipelines to be exported. The oil export pipeline connects to a platform at Green Canyon 19 and the gas export pipeline ties into the Marco Polo system.

Production

Phoenix commenced production on October 21, 2010 and is expected to produce roughly 45,000 bopd. The operator is projecting the field will produce at near-maximum rates when the field comes online.
 
Activities
 
Helix Announces Wang Discovery in Deepwater GOM
Date: Dec. 2012
Type: New Discovery
Helix Energy Solutions announced an oil discovery at the Wang exploration well in Green Canyon block 237. The Noble Jim Day (UDW semisub) drilled the well to a total depth of roughly 18,300 feet in 2,400 feet of water. Testing confirmed over 100 net feet of high quality pay with a bottom-hole pressure of 11,800 psi. The well will be completed subsea and tied-back to the Helix Producer I floating production unit that serves the Helix-operated Phoenix development. First oil is anticipated in second quarter 2013.
Phoenix Commences Production in GOM
Date: Oct. 2010
Type: Production Start
Helix Energy Solutions Group has commenced oil and gas production from its Phoenix field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Helix is in the process of ramping up production from four subsea wells, but production rates aren't being disclosed at this time. The Helix Producer I dynamically-positioned floating production unit, measuring 528 feet (161 meters) long, 95 feet (29 meters) wide and designed to produce and export up to 45,000 bopd, is the facility producing from the Helix field and other fields in GOM. The HPI is the first deployment of an FPU in the Gulf of Mexico. The operator acquired the field, formerly called Typhoon, in 2006 following destruction of the field's tension-leg platform by Hurricane Rita in 2005. The Phoenix field is located in Green Canyon block 237.
Wood Group to Provide Personnel and Services for First GOM FPU
Date: Dec. 2009
Type: Contract Award
Wood Group was selected by Helix Energy Solutions to provide commissioning services and offshore personnel for the Helix Producer I, the first FPU in the GOM. Wood Group helped to develop the commissioning plan and commissioned the ship's systems. The unit will be used in development of the Phoenix field (located in Green Canyon block 237) and is 528 feet (161 meters) long, 95 feet (29 meters) wide and designed to produce and export up to 45,000 bopd. First oil is expected to be produced in 1Q2010.
The Helix Producer I Expected to Deploy to Phoenix in 1st Half of 2010
Date: Jul. 2009
Type: Status Update
Helix provided an update on the Phoenix development project during its 2Q 2009 Earnings Call. The Helix Producer I arrived in Ingleside, TX in May 2009 and engineering for installation of production modules are under way with expected deployment to Phoenix in the first half of 2010. Helix acquired Phoenix (formerly Typhoon) from Chevron, BHP and Noble Energy back in 2006 with a plan to redevelop the field.
Helix Sells Stake in Three Gulf of Mexico Fields
Date: Oct. 2007
Type: Acreage Acquisition
On September 30, 2007 Energy Resource Technology GOM, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions sold a 30% working interest in the Phoenix oilfield (Green Canyon Blocks 236/237), the Boris oilfield (Green Canyon Block 282) and the Little Burn oilfield (Green Canyon Block 238) to Sojitz GOM Deepwater, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sojitz Corporation for a cash payment of $40 million and the proportionate recovery of all past and future capital expenditures related to the re-development of the field, excluding the conversion of the Helix Producer I, which Helix plans to use as a redeployable floating production unit (FPU). Sojitz will also pay their proportionate share of the operating costs including fees payable for the use of the FPU. Approximately half of the $40 million gain will be recorded immediately with the other half to be recorded as certain future events occur.
Helix Sells Stake in Three Gulf of Mexico Fields
Date: Oct. 2007
Type: Acreage Acquisition
On September 30, 2007 Energy Resource Technology GOM, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions sold a 30% working interest in the Phoenix oilfield (Green Canyon Blocks 236/237), the Boris oilfield (Green Canyon Block 282) and the Little Burn oilfield (Green Canyon Block 238) to Sojitz GOM Deepwater, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sojitz Corporation for a cash payment of $40 million and the proportionate recovery of all past and future capital expenditures related to the re-development of the field, excluding the conversion of the Helix Producer I, which Helix plans to use as a redeployable floating production unit (FPU). Sojitz will also pay their proportionate share of the operating costs including fees payable for the use of the FPU. Approximately half of the $40 million gain will be recorded immediately with the other half to be recorded as certain future events occur.
McEvilly to Oversee Capital Projects at Helix
Date: Jan. 2007
Type: Operator Update
In this new position Mike will lead Helix's Capital Projects department and will be responsible for the successful execution of key projects, such as the Phoenix field development using the first ship-shaped floating production unit in the Gulf of Mexico, the conversion of the Caesar vessel into a state-of-the-art S-Lay vessel, the construction of Helix's second monohull well intervention vessel and the design of a new deepwater drilling semi- submersible, the H4500.
Wellstream Wins LOI for Phoenix FPU from Helix
Date: Oct. 2006
Type: Contract Award
Wellstream International has received an LOI from Energy Resource Technology GOM, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., for the direct supply of flexible risers and jumpers for the Phoenix project which is located in 670m water in the Gulf of Mexico. This project will be delivered, to an aggressive manufacturing schedule, ex-works from Wellstream's start-of-the-art facility in Newcastle on December 31, 2007.
Helix Energy Solutions Inks Deal for Typhoon Oil Field
Date: Aug. 2006
Type: Acreage Acquisition
Energy Resource Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions has acquired a 100% working interest in the Typhoon oil field (Green Canyon Blocks 236/237), the Boris oil field (Green Canyon Block 282) and the Little Burn oil field (Green Canyon Block 238) from Chevron U.S.A. Inc., BHP Billiton and Noble Energy, Inc. Prior to the acquisition, the owners of Typhoon were Chevron (50%) and BHP Billiton (50%); the owners of Boris were BHP Billiton (50%), Chevron (25%) and Noble Energy (25%); and the owners of Little Burn were BHP (60%) and Noble Energy (40%). Financial terms of the transaction are confidential. The agreement is subject to MMS approval of a new development plan, which is expected in the next 60 days.
Helix Energy Solutions Inks Deal for Typhoon Oil Field
Date: Aug. 2006
Type: Acreage Acquisition
Energy Resource Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions has acquired a 100% working interest in the Typhoon oil field (Green Canyon Blocks 236/237), the Boris oil field (Green Canyon Block 282) and the Little Burn oil field (Green Canyon Block 238) from Chevron U.S.A. Inc., BHP Billiton and Noble Energy, Inc. Prior to the acquisition, the owners of Typhoon were Chevron (50%) and BHP Billiton (50%); the owners of Boris were BHP Billiton (50%), Chevron (25%) and Noble Energy (25%); and the owners of Little Burn were BHP (60%) and Noble Energy (40%). Financial terms of the transaction are confidential. The agreement is subject to MMS approval of a new development plan, which is expected in the next 60 days.
BHP Billiton Resumes Gulf of Mexico E&P Operations
Date: Oct. 2005
Type: Status Update
BHP Billiton's petroleum exploration and production operations in the US Gulf of Mexico have recommenced following Hurricane Rita. After completing necessary inspections, both the Mad Dog and Genesis fields have safely resumed production. The West Cameron 76, Starlifter, Green Canyon 18-Ewing Bank 988, and Green Canyon 60 fields are in various stages of start-up and are expected to resume in the next few days and weeks. This schedule is dependent on the resumption of third-party downstream infrastructure, including pipelines, onshore terminals and other facilities.
BHP Brings Boris Onstream
Date: Sep. 2003
Type: Production Start
The field started production on Feb. 3, 2003, from the Boris-1 well. The well is currently producing 7,500 barrels of oil per day, and is expected to deliver daily flow rates exceeding 10,000 barrels of oil and 15 mmcf of natural gas. With the onset of a second development well later this year, gross daily production is expected to reach 18,000 barrels of oil and 27 mmcf of natural gas, although actual production rates will depend on well performance. The estimated commercial life of the field is between six and eight years. Production from the Boris field is eligible for royalty relief by the Minerals Management Service, which it qualifies for under certain market conditions.
BHP To Develop Boris Field in the Gulf of Mexico
Date: Jul. 2002
Type: Development Activity
The Boris field will be developed using a subsea manifold distribution unit tied back via flowlines to the production facility on Typhoon. The subsea manifold's design can accommodate up to three wells, providing additional production infrastructure for other potential targets in the area.
BHP Completes Gulf of Mexico Appraisal Wells
Date: Oct. 2001
Type: Appraisal Operations
BHP Billiton announced results from appraisal and exploratory drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. This includes the completion of appraisal drilling programs at the Mad Dog and Atlantis fields in the ultra-deepwater Western Atwater Foldbelt, as well as results from the exploration wells Boris-1 and Frampton-1.
 
Status History
 
Wang

Under Development - Dec 2012 to -
Subsea tie-back to Helix Producer I FPU
Discovery (Drilled) - Dec 2012 to Dec 2012
Drilled by Noble Jim day
Helix Producer I

Producing - Oct 21, 2010 to -
Under Construction - Oct 2006 to Oct 20, 2010
Boris

Under Development - Oct 2006 to -
The field was shut in due to damage sustained to production facility by Hurricane Rita in 2005. Helix ERT acquired Boris along with Typhoon and is making repairs and redeveloping the Boris field along with Typhoon, since renamed Phoenix.
Producing - Feb 03, 2003 to May 2005
The field started production on Feb. 3, 2003, from the Boris-1 well and was producing 7,500 barrels of oil per day. Production was shut in due to Hurricane Rita. Typhoon, the production facility sustained severe damage and will need major repairs.
Discovery (Appraised) - Dec 2002 to Feb 2003
The Boris field will be developed using a subsea manifold distribution unit tied back via flowlines to the production facility on Typhoon. The subsea manifold's design can accommodate up to three wells, providing additional production infrastructure for other potential targets in the area.
Appraisal Drilling - Aug 2002 to Dec 2002
Appraisal drilling was done using the Falcon 100.
Discovery (Drilled) - Nov 2001 to Aug 2002
The Boris well was drilled using the BHP Billiton-operated Ocean Quest in 2,386 feet of water. It reached a total depth of 15,405 feet, encountering hydrocarbon-bearing sands.
Exploratory Drilling - Aug 2001 to Nov 2001
Discovery was drilled on GC 282 using Diamond's Ocean Quest semisubmersible.
Phoenix

Producing - Oct 21, 2010 to -
Under Development - Oct 2006 to Oct 20, 2010
Phoenix, formerly Typhoon was acquired by Helix ERT in 2006. ERT immediately implemented remediation and development plan involving almost every Helix service line. The plan was to redevelop the Typhoon TLP & rename it Phoenix.
Producing - 2001 to Sep 2005
Production was shut in since the the Typhoon platform was damaged by Hurricane Rita. Prior to the storm, the combined flow rate from two Typhoon wells and the two Boris wells averaged approximately 13,000 barrels of oil per day and 21 million cubic feet gas per day in the last month of production.
Exploratory Drilling - 1984 to Oct 01, 1984
Original discovery was made in 1984 on
 
Project Image
Typhoon Field
 
Helix Producer I