Helix Energy announced oil discovery in Gulf of Mexico

Houston-based Helix Energy said it discovered oil at an offshore project off the coast of Galveston, officials said.

The Danny II found oil in the Garden Bank block 506, approximately 145 miles off the shores of Galveston, on Monday, the company said in a press release. The well found oil after drilling more than 14,000 feet in water depths of 2,800 feet, officials said.

“Additional testing to determine the composition of the reservoir fluids is ongoing,” said Johnny Edwards, president of Energy Resource Technology, a subsidiary of Helix. “We will provide an update on Danny II after completion.”

Production is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2012, and the well will likely be tied into an existing subsea pipeline system. the company said.

Helix has jointly working interest in the well with Deep Gulf Energy and Deep Gulf Energy II.