HOUSTON, July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Helix Energy Solutions (NYSE: HLX) announced today that it has entered into a well intervention vessel contract with Shell Exploration & Production Company. The contract provides 180 days utilization of Helix's MSV Q4000 over a three year period with option to extend. The contract commences January 1, 2008.
Helix President and Chief Executive Officer, Martin Ferron, commented "The Q4000 has been active as a deepwater well intervention vessel in the Gulf of Mexico for several years. It is our intention to continue to serve our customers in this important market segment even after the Q4000 drilling upgrade has been completed later this year. We should be able to plan our drilling and completion activities around this and other well intervention work, thereby maintaining a high level of utilization of the Q4000 for the foreseeable future. This, in turn, has positive implications for the utilization of our deepwater construction fleet."
Helix Energy Solutions, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is an international offshore energy company that provides development solutions and other key life of field services to the open energy market as well as to our own oil and gas business unit. That business unit is a prospect generation, exploration, development and production company. Employing our own key services and methodologies, we seek to lower finding and development costs, relative to industry norms.
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SOURCE Helix Energy Solutions
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