Husky Energy vice-president of Atlantic region developments Malcolm Maclean says the company’s SeaRose oil rig’s servicing is right on time. — Photo by Daniel MacEachern/The Telegram
Husky Energy’s SeaRose oil vessel's servicing is running right on schedule, says the company’s vice-president of Atlantic region developments.
Malcolm Maclean told the crowd at the annual Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industry Association conference that the SeaRose floating production, storage and off-loading vessel, which services the White Rose, North Amethyst and West White Rose fields, recently arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for servicing.
“While we’ve had major turnarounds every year since Sea Rose went into service, this is the first time that she’s left location,” he said.
“Sea Rose is now in dry-dock in Belfast for work that has been planned to the minutest detail over the past two years.”
Over 100,000 person-hours have been spent on disconnecting the vessel’s buoy, with at least as many to be worked during the dry-docking period by Husky and dry-dock personnel, he said.
“Today, around 200 Husky staff and contractors are working alongside over 400 Harland and Wolff personnel in Belfast to complete the work as efficiently as possible,” he said.
Husky has budgeted 125 days from production shutdown to startup, 30 of which for the shipyard work, the remainder of the time for the production shutdown, buoy disconnection, the voyages to and from Belfast, and then reconnection and recommencing of production.
“I’m pleased to report that, to date, we’re on time to meet or beat our 125-day budget,” Maclean said.
That’s good news for Husky,
considering the vessel provides the company with 63,000 barrels of oil per day when it is fully operational.
The Atlantic region is key to Husky’s growth plans, said Maclean.
This year Husky will drill an in-fill production well on the main pipe in the White Rose field. The company will also continue development drilling on the North Amethyst field, where it will drill additional production and injection wells.
Husky plans to expand production in the greater White Rose area through the extension project.
World’s largest dredging vessel coming to city
“The White Rose Extension project encompasses development of the south White Rose field and the continued development of the west White Rose field,” MacLean said.
“Within the next months, you’ll be seeing another dredger appearing in St. John’s, the Cristobal Colon. This is the world’s largest dredging vessel, and it will be used to dredge a new drill centre at South White Rose.”
As reported recently by the Telegram, Husky has two options for the extension: a new subsea development or a wellhead platform.
If Husky goes with the wellhead option, it’s proposing to build the concrete gravity base in Argentia.