Husky Energy ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Oil Spill off Newfoundland

Laxman Pai
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Canadian petroleum company Husky Energy submitted a preliminary report about the largest-ever oil spill in Newfoundland and Labrador and said it is “deeply sorry” for the incident.

According to local media reports, the oil and gas company admitted that on November 16, there were two separate oil spills at the Sea Rose FPSO.

“The initial release occurred during the approximately 20 minutes offshore teams were troubleshooting a drop in flowline pressure,” Husky said on its website.

The spill happened when a flowline connector failed, spilling two separate releases into the ocean, it said.

Newfoundland’s largest-ever oil spill saw about 1,570 barrels leak into the ocean. The large spill of oil, water and gas happened while Husky Energy’s SeaRose platform was preparing to restart production during a storm, it said.

The Calgary-headquartered company submitted the report on the November 16 oil spill to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB).

However, the regulatory board that oversees the province’s offshore activities has said it’s now impossible to clean up the oil spill.

Husky Energy said it has identified issues it needs to improve in the wake of the spill.

Categories: Legal Environmental Energy FPSO Production Floating Production North America

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