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  • Jim
    November 12, 2010 - 12:17

    Norway and the US making the money off this contract. Nice work.

  • Working In Alberta
    November 11, 2010 - 22:12

    This is good news for the province overall. I am concerned though that the unions will sell us out again as they did at Long Harbour. Out there, my trade/craft is now making $25/hr., up $3/hr. from Hibernia wages. That's just disgraceful. Hopefully, there are enough intelligent people within the Kiewit-Aker group to recognize that they will need to compete with Alberta for skilled workers.

  • Bern Harty
    November 10, 2010 - 21:21

    Good news indeed that we will see the fourth oilfield developed and go into production of our coast and that the GBS will be constructed in the province at the Bull Arm site. When one reads the Hebron Benefits Agreement we have to be a bit apprehensive with the extent of other fabrication work that has been earmarked for the province. We must not be satisfied to just have the GBS constructed here along with a few other relatively small pieces of fabrication work,and most of the rest of the project done in other parts of the world. As was proven with the White Rose project, we have major fabrication facilities here in NL and the qualified workforce to do these types of projects. Husky set the "fabrication" bar for the White Rose project at a level that must not be lowered,and we must all be vigilant that this is not allowed to happen. All fabrication yards in the province can be filled with work for the duration of the Hebron project, and we should demand no less.

  • Hal Barrett
    November 09, 2010 - 13:53

    The award of the Hebron GBS contract to Kiewit-Acker is great news for Newfoundland and Labrador and now offers the opportunity for a larger Newfoundland content throughout the building process than was achieved from Hibernia. With respect to the Hibernia project, my recollection is of our failure to capitalize on insisting that the design, engineering and procurement requirements be done here in Newfoundland. This lack of determination resulted in our not achieving a much larger share of employment, providing construction materials, participating in module construction, and even more importantly, the opportunity to participate in the transfer of technology, design and engineering within our own community. This is especially important as this project relates to design and construction standards required for such a structure for our ice infested offshore enviornment not encountered in other jurisdictions. Government intervention will be necessary as industry is not normally inclined to look outside their own capabilities existing outside Newfoundland and Labrador. The benefits should not just come from royalties, but to a greater province-wide participation than that expected for the Bull Arm site.