ExxonMobil’s Hebron platform will be towed from the Bull Arm construction site next month, on its way to the Hebron field offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Hebron platform being towed from Bull Arm. Arrival to the field is expected in May. Image from Natural Resources Twitter.
Hebron is in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin, 350km southeast of St. John’s at 93m water depth. Discovered in 1980, it is expected to contain 700MMbbl of recoverable resources, and is the province’s fourth offshore oil project. First oil is set for late-2017.
On 18 April, a pre-tow event was held, according to ExxonMobil Canada Public and Government Affairs Advisor Lynn Evans.
“Today, we are celebrating a momentous achievement in Newfoundland and Labrador with the tow-out celebration of Hebron. Massive in scale, the Hebron project has been of tremendous benefit to the province’s economy and will continue to make a significant contribution to offshore production,” says the Honorable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. “With recoverable reserves estimated at over 700 MMbbl, Hebron is poised to join the billion barrel club and take a prominent place in our province’s oil and gas history along with the Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose fields.”
Hebron is being developed using a stand-alone concrete gravity based structure (GBS). The GBS consists of a reinforced concrete structure designed to withstand sea ice, icebergs and meteorological and oceanographic conditions. It has been designed to store approximately 1.2 MMbbl of crude oil. The GBS will support an integrated topsides deck that includes a living quarters and facilities to perform drilling and production.
ExxonMobil Canada Properties operates the Hebron project with 35.5% stake. Co-venturers include Chevron Canada (29.6%), Suncor Energy (21%), Statoil Canada (9%), and Nalcor Energy (4.9%).