C-NLOPB Approves Hebron Application

C-NLOPB Approves Hebron Application

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) on Thursday announced that it approved at its April 27 meeting ExxonMobil's Hebron development application.

The approval means ExxonMobil can now proceed with the development of the Hebron field, which is estimated to contain 707 million barrels of oil, C-NLOPB said in a statement.

C-NLOPB said that ExxonMobil must provide within 60 days of the decision report's publication date a plan to address any projected labor shortages associated with each project phase.

The company also must provide to the supply and service sector detailed information on the project requirements for the fabrication of:

• The utilities and process module

• Topsides hook-up, integration and commissioning activities

• OLS construction, fabrication, installation and commissioning activities

• Platform tow-out, installation and offshore hook-up and commissioning activities

• Platform drilling and completion operations as well as platform production operations

• Any requirements for the supply of additional tankers associated with the export system;

• Any proposed subsea production system

• Any other contracting, supply or service opportunities associated with the project

ExxonMobil filed the development application for the Hebron project in April 2011, according to SubseaIQ. Hebron is located 217 miles offshore eastern Canada in the Jeanne d-Arc Basin in 302 feet of water. Hebron, which is located in Arctic waters, is located near the Terra Nova, Hibernia and White Rose fields. The project consists of three fields: Hebron, West Ben Nevis and Ben Nevis.

Hebron will be developed as a standalone gravity-based structure project made of reinforced concrete to withstand sea ice, icebergs and the region's arctic conditions.First oil is expected by the end of 2017.

ExxonMobil Canada Properties in April authorized Kiewit-Kvaerner Contractors to proceed with the project following substantial completion of front-end engineering and design services. The authorization also awarded the next phase of the project, which includes detailed engineering, procurement and construction-related services.

Partners in the project include ExxonMobil with 36 percent interest; Chevron with 26.7 percent; Petro-Canada with 22.7 percent; Statoil with 9.7 percent and Nalcor Energy with 4.9 percent.

Karen Boman has more than 10 years of experience covering the upstream oil and gas sector. Email Karen at kboman@rigzone.com


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