Canada: Adverse weather shuts Exxon’s Hebron production

ExxonMobil has informed that it has shut-in oil production from its giant Hebron platform, offshore Newfoundland, Canada, amid rough weather offshore.

Hebron Platform topsides before installation offshore. Image by Shhewitt/ Wikimedia, Shared under CC BY-SA 4.0 license

In a tweet on Friday, ExxonMobil Canada said: “For those following the weather offshore, we want to advise that all Hebron personnel are safe.”

“Earlier this morning Hebron shut in production due to adverse weather conditions. Safety is core to our operations and we continue to monitor the weather.”

According to CNBC, there are around 200 workers aboard the Hebron platform.

A Twitter user has shared a video apparently showing a supply ship being rocked by high waves near the Hebron platform:

ExxonMobil produced first oil from the platform in November 2017. At its peak, the project will produce up to 150,000 barrels of oil per day.

Discovered in 1980, the Hebron field is estimated to contain more than 700 million barrels of recoverable resources. The Hebron platform consists of a stand-alone gravity-based structure, which supports an integrated topsides deck that includes living quarters and drilling and production facilities. The platform has storage capacity of 1.2 million barrels of oil.

The platform is located about 200 miles (350 kilometers) offshore Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital St John’s, in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin in water depths of about 300 feet (92 meters). The site consists of the Hebron, West Ben Nevis and Ben Nevis fields.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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