Oilpatch back in production

Moira Baird
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Oil production at White Rose and Terra Nova is getting back to normal on Newfoundland's Grand Banks.

White Rose started ramping up production Oct. 8, while the Terra Nova oilfield resumed production two days earlier.

Production from the White Rose oilfield's southern drill centre was reduced for 46 days while additional equipment for the North Amethyst expansion was installed.

Oil production at White Rose and Terra Nova is getting back to normal on Newfoundland's Grand Banks.

White Rose started ramping up production Oct. 8, while the Terra Nova oilfield resumed production two days earlier.

Production from the White Rose oilfield's southern drill centre was reduced for 46 days while additional equipment for the North Amethyst expansion was installed.

"The subsea installation program is complete," said a spokeswoman for Husky Energy, operator of White Rose.

The next step in the North Amethyst expansion is to wrap up drilling at two wells - an oil production well and water-injection well - that were previously started.

North Amethyst is scheduled to produce oil by year-end or in early 2010.

In August, oil production at White Rose totalled 311,258 barrels of crude. (It's the most recent month for which oil production numbers are posted on the Canada-Newfound-land and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board website.)

Terra Nova shut down

Terra Nova was shut down for almost three weeks as part of scheduled maintenance, repairs and certifications aboard the floating production, storage and off-loading (FPSO) vessel.

"We had a good turnaround, completing our scope of work safely and on time," said Sneh Seetal, spokeswoman for Suncor Energy, which operates Terra Nova.

The completed work included replacing the FPSO's flare tip, a section of the 100-metre flare boom used to burn off natural gas and prevent excess pressure from building up in the production unit.

It was previously scheduled for replacement in June 2008, but was delayed by poor weather.

In August, Terra Nova pumped almost 1.8 million barrels of crude from the seabed.

Hibernia completed its shutdown earlier in the summer.

The oilfield was shut down for 21 days in June for scheduled maintenance and certifications.

The work was originally scheduled for March.

In June, production at Hibernia totalled more than 2.9 million barrels of crude, according to information posted on the offshore regulator's website.

In August, the oilfield pumped more than 4.4 million barrels of crude.

mbaird@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Husky Energy, Hibernia, Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board Suncor Energy

Geographic location: Terra Nova, White Rose, Newfoundland

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