22 Offshore February 2018 •
E&P activity ramping up
offshore eastern Canada
Hebron delivers first oil
Newfoundland and Labrador’s fourth offshore production facility recently began operations, and the fifth is on its way. Late last year Exxon Mobil Corp. started production ahead of
schedule from the Hebron oil field in the
Jeanne d’Arc basin of the Grand Banks, 217
mi (350 km) southeast of St. John’s. Water
depth is about 300 ft (92 m). The Hebron plat-
form consists of a stand-alone gravity-based
structure (GBS), which supports an integrated
topsides deck that includes drilling and production facilities and living quarters. The GBS
consists of a reinforced concrete structure
designed to withstand sea ice, icebergs, and
meteorological and oceanographic conditions.
At peak rates, the Hebron platform will produce up to 150,000 b/d and store 1. 2 MMbbl
of oil. Hebron is estimated to contain more
than 700 MMbbl of recoverable resources.
According to Rystad Energy’s UCube, Hebron could account for approximately half of
Canada’s offshore crude production by 2020.
Discovered in 1980, ExxonMobil and its
partners sanctioned the $14-billion project
on Dec. 31, 2012. Hebron is operated by
ExxonMobil affiliate, ExxonMobil Canada
Properties, which holds 35.5% equity in the
project. Co-venturers are Chevron Canada
Ltd. ( 29.6%), Suncor Energy Inc. (21%), Statoil
Canada Ltd. (9%), and Nalcor Energy-Oil and
Gas Inc. ( 4.9%).
The Hebron project contracted hundreds
of vendors throughout the province of New-
foundland and Labrador, according to Exxon-
Mobil, and created about 7,500 jobs during the
peak of the construction phase. The project
achieved more than 40 million hours without
a lost-time injury during construction.
Husky Energy and partners Suncor Energy
and Nalcor Energy-Oil and Gas are moving
forward with the West White Rose project
offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. The
$1.6-billion development calls for a fixed well-
head platform consisting of a concrete gravity
structure (CGS) and an integrated topsides
tied back to the SeaRose FPSO. First oil is
scheduled for 2022, with an expected peak
The West White Rose project will feature the
province’s fifth offshore production facility.
(Image courtesy Husky Energy)
Hebron is Newfoundland and Labrador’s fourth offshore production facility.
(Image courtesy ExxonMobil)