The production platform for the Hebron project will be a gravity base structure that is similar to the Hibernia GBS. - Telegram illustration
Kiewit-Aker Contractors has been awarded a $140-million contract to design the Hebron gravity base structure (GBS).
That front-end engineering and design work begins immediately.
Kiewit-Aker’s contract includes an option to provide more detailed engineering services and build the GBS at Bull Arm. Exercising that option will be up to ExxonMobil, operator of the $6-billion Hebron project.
Kiewit-Aker was sole bidder for the GBS work. It’s a 50-50 joint venture between U.S.-based Peter Kiewit Infrastructure and Norwegian-based Aker Solutions.
Peter Kiewit Infrastructure is a division of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc., which also owns the Marystown shipyard and the Cow Head fabrication yard.
Akker said site preparation at Bull Arm will begin once permits are received.
Per Harald Kongelf, executive vice president of Aker, said the contract “confirms our strong position within arctic technologies in general and gravity based structures (GBS) in particular. The GBS is one of our key products with a global and emerging market.”
Bull Arm, the fabrication yard designed to build the Hibernia GBS in the 1990s, is operated by provincially owned Nalcor Energy.
Nalcor also holds a 4.9 per cent ownership stake in the Hebron oilfield.
The other partners are ExxonMobil with 36 per cent, Chevron Canada with 26.7 per cent, Suncor Energy with 22.7 per cent, and Statoil Canada at 9.7 per cent.