US operator Talos Energy has added one year to a contract with Helix Energy Solutions for the use of the Helix Producer I floating production unit in the US Gulf of Mexico.

The extension will end on 1 June 2024 while Talos maintains the option to extend the contract annually.

Talos said in its recent quarterly results that very strong loop currents in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico caused several extended shut-ins on the Helix Producer in the third quarter.

This production intermittency resulted in an additional 1000 barrels of oil equivalent per day for the quarter of unplanned deferred production.

Talos said the loop currents continued to have an impact on production from the FPU in the first few weeks of the fourth quarter although conditions had improved and operations were running as expected.

“We are pleased to extend our contract on the Helix Producer I and look forward to continuing our long-term working relationship with Talos,” said Scotty Sparks, Helix’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

“The Helix Producer I is a unique vessel that has provided safe and reliable production processing for Talos, and this extension further demonstrates our ability to continue meeting our clients’ needs. We continue to support the energy transition by offering clients the ability to maximize production from their existing wells.”

The Helix Producer I is a ship-shaped dynamically positioned (DP2) floating production unit designed to produce hydrocarbons and export them to shore. The setup of the vessel allows it to disconnect from flowlines, pipelines, and umbilicals, so it can navigate away from severe weather conditions.

The vessel has worked on Talos Energy’s Phoenix field since 2010 after it helped process oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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