600 tradespeople expected in Marystown at peak of maintenance operation
The Terra Nova FPSO arrived in Marystown June 26 and an estimated 350 skilled tradespeople are currently completing work on the vessel. — Transcontinental Media file photo
Work on the Terra Nova floating production, storage and off-loading (FPSO) vessel has ramped up, with 350 tradespeople now assigned to the ship.
About 600 tradespeople are expected to be working on the offshore oil production vessel, when the maintenance program peaks this summer.
The summer work plan includes equipment upgrades — to help in the handling of hydrogen sulfide at the field — replacing of the water injection slue and other general maintenance.
The main power generators, as well as the disconnection and preparation for removal of the water injection swivel, are the focus of current efforts, according to John Downton, a spokesman for Suncor.
The vessel arrived at the Peter Kiewit Offshore facility in Marystown on June 26.
“While early in the program, work is progressing well and we are currently on target relative to the work plan,” Downton stated.
The Terra Nova FPSO is expected to leave the shipyard mid-September to return to the Terra Nova oil field.
Production at the Terra Nova field was shut down on June 8 to allow for the maintenance. The Terra Nova FPSO is expected to be offline for 21 weeks in total.