Canada’s greatest offshore oil assets lie 350 kilometers off its coast. It’s Newfoundland, it’s rugged, it’s powerful, and it’s where thousands of oil and gas people live as their second home. The Jeanne d’Arc Basin of the Atlantic Ocean is a playground for seafaring pioneers and courageous aviators. It houses one of the world’s largest oil platforms, known as Hibernia; it also boasts mega-oil projects such as Terra Nova and White Rose. Hebron is the next offshore project to come on stream with first oil expected before the end of 2017.
The Drilling Support Module (one of the Topsides modules) for the Hebron Project is officially under construction. In May, the first steel was cut at the Kiewit facility in Marystown/Cow Head, NL, signaling another step toward greater opportunity in Newfoundland and Labrador and the employment of another 350 workers, bringing the total employment impact to 2,400. Fifty-nine percent of those workers are from the province.
Kiewit Offshore Services was awarded the Drilling Support Module Fabrication subcontracted by WorleyParsons Canada in January 2013. Kiewit is operating out of the former Marystown shipyard, which has been overhauled to provide the infrastructure and equipment necessary for building the massive module. The renovation alone has provided contractors in the region with an opportunity for increased business, and it is expected the facility will provide future opportunities for the province.
Like other modules fabricated off-site, once fabrication of the Drilling Support Module is complete, it will be transported to the Bull Arm site for assembly, hook up, and commissioning.
According to the Newfoundland Labrador Benefits Agreement, the Hebron Project provides first consideration to NL suppliers when possible. This agreement stands to build expertise for businesses to work on a more global level, which will enrich the local economy. For more information about subcontractors for the various components of the Hebron Project, click here. The following list includes some of the major contracts awarded or are soon-to-be awarded.
For more information about procurement with WorleyParsons Canada, click here.
(for list of contractors and future opportunities, click here)
For more information about procurement with KKC, click here.
Positive impacts from the Hebron Project do not end with an enhanced local skill set from employment and subcontracts. Communities are also benefiting from the Hebron Project. In May, the Hebron Project donated $100,000 to the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium—an interactive ocean science lab that will provide opportunities for learning for students, families, and tourists. This recent donation is not unlike other contributions made since the project’s inception. The Hebron Project has provided scholarships and funds that have provided learning opportunities for students and enhanced community building and spirit.
Hebron is 350 kilometers offshore and under 300 feet of water in the Atlantic Ocean, in an area known as iceberg alley. The massive GBS is designed to withstand treacherous, icy conditions. Its technology is similar to nearby Hibernia (http://www.hibernia.ca/). This added experience of designing structures to withstand ice for offshore oil drilling will be invaluable to ExxonMobil as well as the Hebron Project contractors and subcontractors for future prospects in the offshore energy sector.
Hebron is an oilfield located offshore Newfoundland and Labrador in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin, 350 kilometers southeast of St. John’s, NL. The Hebron Project co-venturers are ExxonMobil Canada Properties (operator), Chevron Canada, Suncor Energy Inc., Statoil Canada, and Nalcor Energy. For more information on the Hebron Project, visit the Hebron Project website.
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