Employment on Hebron to nearly double in 2013

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Project to hit high gear, with concrete work starting

The drydock area at the Bull Arm Fabrication Site was well underway as of January 2013. The work area was filled with water before the Hebron project started. It will fill with water again, when the rock wall is removed and the very base of the Hebron installation is floated out to a nearby, deepwater construction site. — Submitted photo

Spring is on the calendar, if not necessarily yet in the air, and it has Hebron project lead Geoff Parker looking forward to getting more people working on the

$14-billion offshore oil project.

Construction on the base of the Hebron gravity based structure is still just getting started at Bull Arm.

“We’ve been able to keep the project on schedule despite the harsh winter that we’ve just had,” Parker said, speaking at a Rotary luncheon in St. John’s Thursday.

He said more than 1,600 people are now working on Hebron in Newfoundland and Labrador, but employment is expected to reach more than 3,000 by later this year.

Parker said peaks in employment will come as concrete work for the oil platform’s gravity base takes place at the same time work is underway on the other large pieces — modules — making up the project.

The project marked a milestone last week, with first steel being cut for the living quarters module, at Metal World in Torbay.

The living quarters module will be built at Bull Arm, in a different area of the fabrication site from the start of the concrete base.

The drilling support module will be built in Marystown.


There are two other modules: a derrick equipment set and utilities process module.  These two pieces will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea and brought by barge to the Bull Arm site. The Hebron platform also requires a flare boom and lifeboat stations.

“They’re all being built at various locations within the province — we haven’t awarded the contracts yet,” Parker said.

On the actual construction of all parts of the project: “the availability of skilled labour will be a challenge,” he said.

ExxonMobil Canada, with a 36 per cent interest, is lead on the Hebron development.

It is partnered with Chevron Canada Ltd. (about 27 per cent interest), Suncor Energy (23 per cent), Statoil Canada (10 per cent) and Nalcor Energy (five per cent).




Organizations: Hyundai Heavy Industries, Chevron Canada, Suncor Energy

Geographic location: Hebron, Newfoundland and Labrador, Torbay Marystown South Korea Canada

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Recent comments

  • dave slaney
    April 03, 2013 - 04:19

    i agree with one comment if you are not in with the mob or union we call it you havn't got a chance sniorty list is only laugh.

  • Inside info
    March 22, 2013 - 21:05

    Actually my duckies.....Get your tickets in order on your own ASAP !! enroll your self in a course related to Occupational Health and Safety,go to an employment agency and have a full professional resume prepared for you for FREE.take your sorry attitude and turn the anger into energy!! This site is all about safety and healthy employees.They house safe and healthy employees for the most part.Also employees who have a track record of excellent workmanshiop and decent attendance record at their prior jobs.Most of these men at BullArm have worked hard lived lives "in union" living in hotels,living lives i wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.These guys do not complain rather most of them are light hearted souls who do very much appreciate a HARD days work.The employees at BullArm for the greater majority are NOT there due to 'who they know' They are somewhat scouted yes...but again,they EARNED IT.I read above some comments and I can honestly see some really skilled men giving up on themselves an leaving province....don't do it.Stay upgrade your tickets,enroll in a course related to what the site requires and wait your turn.There's no science better then being prepared and having work ethic that shines.Most of these guys are known for working no matter what the weather is,they learn to survive drastic weather,they work through it not complain.They go to work everyday,the take as little off time as possible because they know it all adds up. I salut !! BULLARM men and women employees Bravo kids "YOU earned it if your there" keep your heads up and be proud of what youve earned.Ignore any bad comments and hopes the complainers see they just need to re arrange their thoughts.

  • tom
    March 22, 2013 - 21:01

    Agree Mike - but this whole province is who you know. Sadly, that has never changed.

  • Casey
    March 22, 2013 - 16:56

    To A Business Man: You really do have a hate on for the people of your own province don't you. Here's the kicker, It's yourself you have contempt for, your just taking it out on others. Give yourself a break and lighten up, you don't know it all you just think you do.

  • elffie
    March 22, 2013 - 15:33

    i agree 100% i work in the trades over 20 years but not in a union i can't get a look in at these jobs but people with no experince can go right to work .it makes me sick, when goverment and companies say that there is a shortage of workers here in newfoundland ,what a joke. i bet there is a lot of brown nosers in there.

  • Mr. T
    March 22, 2013 - 14:43

    Even Union folks dont' get a fair shake at the jobs. You need to be buddy buddy with the folks at the top of the mob......er I mean Union. The same guys get on the big projects every time.

  • Agree
    March 22, 2013 - 11:34

    I agree with everyone of you guys except the guy with the headline A business man. He is not a smart one wanting to go elsewhere to look for employes and not his own province. That makes since I guess if you don't have a clue what your talking about

  • Joe
    March 22, 2013 - 10:32

    If tradespeople were hired for their (skills, qualifications and job knowledge) instead of (union membership) there would probably be no shortage of tradespeople in the workforce. Also we would not have as many people going to Alberta for work.

  • saelcove
    March 22, 2013 - 10:08

    Bang on mike

  • paddy murphy
    March 22, 2013 - 09:57

    I agree. The head of the labourer union is from marystown and everyone and their dog from there will be working at hebron

  • Mark
    March 22, 2013 - 08:54

    Sounds great! Maybe we can get some of those unskilled out-of-work fishplant workers in there to set up scaffolding, carry equipment, or something else that will get them more than 14 weeks of work every year.

    • Dan
      June 01, 2013 - 11:11

      complaining just doesn't work at all, If you don't have the proper safety training, or trades training you don't belong doing that work, you are not qualified and that is where mistakes and accidents happen. If you want to scaffold, you require to take the scaffolding course and get the proper papers in line.

  • Looking for work
    March 22, 2013 - 07:47

    This project will be the same as long harbour . I tried the past year to get out there with no luck. I am a journeymen tig welder who will go back to Alberta for work like I done in the past 7 years. So there is no shortage off skilled labour it's just a way to take the work elsewhere . Good luck on finding skill labour I guess in Korea

    • a business man
      March 22, 2013 - 09:36

      Just for there record, there are skilled welders from Korea, China, India and Mexico. Hiring a foreigner is much better than hiring a local because the local would want more money . The employers on the other hand, just want a body to do the work. Enjoy Alberta!

    • Looking for work
      March 22, 2013 - 11:30

      That does not make no since at all. Do you think we can go over there to work and everything will be ok. Try it and see what happens. You have no clue what your talking about

  • MIKE
    March 22, 2013 - 07:27

    Congrats to everyone that has a relative or very close friend that's part of a trade union working at Bull Arm. You're the lucky folks that get to work on the Hebron project, everyone else ..... haha, too bad! Your education, work ethic or experience means nothing, this project is all about who you know.

    • Looking for work
      March 22, 2013 - 08:02

      I agree with mike 100 percent. They can have the work and in a few years it will be all gone again. Most of the people out there are from the se spot in nl or relatives . What a waste of time for people to try to get out thwre