Power failure at Hibernia

Kerri Breen
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The Hibernia oil platform's power failed Wednesday at around 1:40 a.m. as routine maintenance was being performed on one of the main power generators.

Oil production shut down as it was supposed to, but the public address system failed as well.

The Hibernia oil platform

The Hibernia oil platform's power failed Wednesday at around 1:40 a.m. as routine maintenance was being performed on one of the main power generators.

Oil production shut down as it was supposed to, but the public address system failed as well.

"That's why we employed then our backup plan, which is manual notification," said Margot Bruce-O'Connell, spokeswoman for the Hibernia Management and Development Co.

Staff had to go door-to-door to the sleeping stations to tell workers to go to their muster stations, where they gather in emergency situations.

Full power was restored Thursday evening and production resumed that night.

Provincial New Democratic Party leader Lorraine Michael said she has been contacted with concerns about the lack of information workers have received about the incident and its cause.

"They don't know what happened and they don't feel secure," she said.

"I believe they have the right to know," she said.

Sean Kelly, a spokesman for the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, the body that regulates the province's offshore oil industry, says it will follow up with the company to get further information about the cause of the outage.

The organization will also be in contact with the rig's certifying authority, a third-party agency.

"We're treating this as a serious incident," he said.

Bruce-O'Connell said there will be a thorough investigation into the incident. No one was injured.

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Organizations: Hibernia, New Democratic Party, Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board

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  • Randy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    ABCD, where in the heck did Danny and his troops come into this picture?? Are you really that dumb??? Jeez, how desperate!

  • greg
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    CNLOPB will follow up with the company Bahahahahah. Will we have to wait nine years for an answer, Mr. Kelly?

  • Randy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Sounds like a Minor thing this time but the Law of Average says there's the Big one that is yet to come, in the form of a spill maybe,Offshore Drilling doesn't, have a great Track Record. One of these day's all our PC Goverment will hear is ye all should have listened to the People,but by then .......Sorry too Late!!!!

  • Laughable
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    I have to agree with Randy. ABCD's comment is embarrasing.

  • ABCD
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Danny and his clones have a back up plan in place NO NEED TO WORRY. Now if only they had a clue what that back up plan is that would be nice. Perhaps in the event of a large oil spill Danny and his clones can be held responsible for doing nothing to prevent it. All Danny cares about is the money flowing in not the oil flowing out. Oh well many of you have no problem with his lies and cover ups so really as long as the majority love Danny nothing else really matters.

  • Andrew
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Lorraine Michaels always seems to know it all. I am some fed up listening to her complaining about everything. I would love to see the job she would do as Premier of our Province.

  • Randy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    ABCD, where in the heck did Danny and his troops come into this picture?? Are you really that dumb??? Jeez, how desperate!

  • greg
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    CNLOPB will follow up with the company Bahahahahah. Will we have to wait nine years for an answer, Mr. Kelly?

  • Randy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Sounds like a Minor thing this time but the Law of Average says there's the Big one that is yet to come, in the form of a spill maybe,Offshore Drilling doesn't, have a great Track Record. One of these day's all our PC Goverment will hear is ye all should have listened to the People,but by then .......Sorry too Late!!!!

  • Laughable
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    I have to agree with Randy. ABCD's comment is embarrasing.

  • ABCD
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Danny and his clones have a back up plan in place NO NEED TO WORRY. Now if only they had a clue what that back up plan is that would be nice. Perhaps in the event of a large oil spill Danny and his clones can be held responsible for doing nothing to prevent it. All Danny cares about is the money flowing in not the oil flowing out. Oh well many of you have no problem with his lies and cover ups so really as long as the majority love Danny nothing else really matters.

  • Andrew
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Lorraine Michaels always seems to know it all. I am some fed up listening to her complaining about everything. I would love to see the job she would do as Premier of our Province.