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Helix Energy (HLX) Cuts Deal for Fast Response System With HWCG

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Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. HLX reached an agreement for response resources with HWCG LLC on oil and fuel spill preparedness and response.

Notably, HWCG is a consortium of offshore energy companies in the Gulf of Mexico, which focuses on developing the safest and fastest response system through extensive and strong industry collaboration, and mutual assistance.

Per the terms of the deal, the existing HWCG operators have been granted the opportunity to recognize the Helix Fast Response System as a response resource in permit applications to the federal and state agencies of the United States. Moreover, the members will use the Helix Fast Response System to tackle an oil well control incident in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

The Helix Fast Response System was created in 2011 in response to Helix Energy’s involvement as a responder effort to contain and control the blowout of the Macondo well. Notably, the system includes the Helix Producer I floating production unit, Q4000 or Q5000 vessels, subsea intervention systems, crude transfer systems, and other well-control equipment.

Helix Energy will receive an annual retention fee from HWCG, while the consortium of HWCG will obtain a credit against the fee for every day a member utilizes the Q4000 or Q5000 vessels. The deal will be in effect from Apr 1, 2021, with an initial term of two years.

The Helix Fast Response System is expected to help address the environmental hazards associated with offshore drilling and production operations. Importantly, the agreement reflects the parties’ aim for continued safe operations of offshore oil and gas production.

Company Profile

Helix Energy is a global offshore energy company, which provides offshore energy services. The company focuses on the entire oil and gas value chain, with a special focus on well intervention and robotics operations.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Helix Energy currently carries a Zack Rank #3 (Hold).

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