by Tina Olivero

    BAY DU NORD OIL PROJECT IS A GO: $14 billion in economic activity to come!

    Bay du Nord

    Bay du Nord – The next big oil project offshore Newfoundland

    It’s more good news for the oil and gas industry of Newfoundland and Labrador today. Hibernia, Terra Nova, was White Rose,  and Hebron are all producing oil. The West White Rose Extension is currently under construction.  Now the “sixth significant find” has arrived and will produce oil offshore Newfoundland, Bay du Nord.

    Equinor Canada has taken a significant first step to advance the Bay du Nord prospect in the Flemish Pass Basin. They have given the notice to proceed officially. The green light was given to the Bay du Nord project today,  where Premier Ball was joined at the announcement by the Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources, Unni Fjaer, Vice President, Offshore Newfoundland, Equinor Canada, and Trevor Pritchard, Senior Vice President, Atlantic Region, Husky Energy, to finalize a framework agreement for the development of the Bay du Nord Project.

    Unni Fjaer, Vice President, Offshore Newfoundland, Equinor Canada said, “This marks an important milestone to progress a successful development at the Bay du Nord discovery. This framework agreement provides important clarity and stability as Equinor and our partner Husky Energy work to move this project toward a sanction decision in the coming years. We also welcome our new equity partner, the province’s energy company, to the project. Equinor’s purpose – to turn natural resources into energy for people and progress for society – means we use our competence and technology to provide energy to a growing population in a safe and responsible way, and the Bay du Nord project presents an opportunity to achieve this offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.”



    Unni Fjaer, Vice President, Offshore Newfoundland, Equinor Canada

    Discovered in 2013, the Bay du Nord Project is expected to be sanctioned in 2020, with first oil expected in 2025. With reserves of nearly 300 million barrels of oil, Bay du Nord is the first remote, deepwater project in the province’s offshore (500 kilometres from shore and approximately 1,200 metres deep). It opens a new basin – the Flemish Pass and is the first project to be negotiated under Newfoundland and Labrador’s generic oil royalty regulations.

    Bay Du Nord Benefits

    The project has many benefits for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, including:

    • More than $14 billion in economic activity (in 2017 dollars);
    • In-province employment of 22.3 million person hours over the life of the project (approximately 11,000 person years);
    • Estimated $3.5 billion in government revenues;
    • Expected in-province fabrication of 5,000 metric tonnes;
    • Focus on subsea engineering and new fabrication capabilities;
    • A minimum $75 million in research and development, and education and training expenditures over 10 years to position Newfoundland and Labrador as a deepwater centre of excellence; and
    • Equity stake of 10 per cent.

    The Bay du Nord Project aligns with Advance 2030 – The Way Forward on Oil and Gas, which was developed to position Newfoundland and Labrador as a globally preferred location for oil and gas development. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

    Premier Dwight Ball said, “Today marks the global recognition of Newfoundland and Labrador as a preferred location for deepwater production. Equinor and Husky’s commitment and investment in this project highlights the attractiveness of our industry and the potential that exists within this province in our offshore. This government is dedicated to bringing economic activity to our doorstep and the Bay du Nord Project will provide significant benefits including new employment opportunities over the life of the project. With today’s announcement, we take our first step into the new frontier, we mark a new era of deep-water exploration as well as the opening of a new basin – the Flemish Pass. The future of our offshore begins today.”

    “The announcement of a framework agreement for the development of the Bay du Nord Project opens the next basin, establishes a deepwater field and will drive subsea development. It is an important step in achieving Advance 2030 – The Way Forward in Oil and Gas which is driven by an innovative, sustainable, local industry that is globally competitive, environmentally responsible, and maximizes benefits to the people of the province”, said Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources.

    The welcome announcement included the plans of the Government of Newfoundland to join forces with EQUINOR (formerly Statoil) and become a 10% equity stakeholders in the project.  Bay de Nord as it will mean more equity for the province in royalties, profit shares, and tax gains.  The government of Newfoundland and Labrador predicts a return of a whopping $3.5 billion over the life of the project.

    The $6.8 billion to develop the Bay du Nord project means more jobs for the province and more contractors for major and subcontractors to the project. $3.4 billion of the spending is expected to take place in Newfoundland over the course of the project during the development phase, and as a result in-province employment of 22.3 million person hours over the life of the project will occur. (approximately 11,000 person years); an additional 500 jobs increased in the offshore Newfoundland oil patch, during operations phase of the project.

    What is an FPSO?

    floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit is a floating vessel used by the offshore oil and gas industry for the production and processing of hydrocarbons, and for the storage of oil. A FPSO vessel is designed to receive hydrocarbons produced by itself or from nearby platforms or subsea template, process them, and store oil until it can be offloaded onto a tanker or, less frequently, transported through a pipeline. FPSOs are preferred in frontier offshore regions as they are easy to install, and do not require a local pipeline infrastructure to export oil. FPSOs can be a conversion of an oil tanker or can be a vessel built specially for the application. A vessel used only to store oil (without processing it) is referred to as a floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel.  (Wikipedia)

    Sources: Equinor, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Wikipedia


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