First steel cut in Marystown for Hebron drilling support module

Paul Herridge
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From left, Marystown Mayor Sam Synard, Hebron senior project manager Geoff Parker and others joined Burin-Placentia West MHA Clyde Jackman as he pushed the button to cut the first piece of steel for the drilling support module at Peter Kiewit's Cow Head fabrication facility Tuesday morning. — Photo by Paul Herridge/TC Media

Marystown — Tuesday was billed as a "milestone" day for the Hebron project as the first piece of steel for the drilling support module was cut in Marystown.

Geoff Parker, Hebron's senior project manager for ExxonMobil, was among a large group of government officials, project partners and workers in attendance for the event at Peter Kiewit's Cow Head fabrication facility.

"Investments being made by the Hebron co-venturers are providing significant benefits to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Project-related employment in the province has already reached 2,400 people and is expected to peak at over 3,000, including contractors, subcontractors and skilled labour." Parker said.

John Huber, area manager for Kiewit Offshore Services in Marystown, acknowledged work on the drilling support module will last roughly two years and top out at around 350 jobs in Marystown.

"Kiewit Offshore Services is looking forward to the opportunities we will be faced with in the coming months."

Premier Kathy Dunderdale was initially slated to attend and planned to make the trip by helicopter, but she was forced to cancel last-minute due to thick fog in the area. In her place, Education Minister and Burin-Placentia West MHA Clyde Jackman did the honours of pushing the button to fire up the new PythonX robotic plasma steel cutting system recently installed at the site.

He said it would be great to see the yard up and operating for a significant period of time.

"I know the potential that's in this facility. I know the potential of the workforce that's here."


Organizations: Kiewit Offshore Services, ExxonMobil

Geographic location: Marystown, Hebron, Cow Head Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Bob Ayman
    May 21, 2013 - 19:38

    Any guesses on how long it will be until all of these folks are on strike?

  • YogiBear
    May 19, 2013 - 14:12

    Is ROBB another one of those thick fingered texters from Confederation Building? Robb my son, wait 'till the wildcat strikes start when some wayward worker is sanctioned for misconduct. Marystown is the most greedy town in the province and the union will do the same number on Hebron as they did with FPI. We know where that got 'em. Last I heard they were still arguing over who's responsible for the significant overruns on a ferry completed last year, Kiewit or the PC government. Mayor Sinyard looks almost as cute as Clyde Jackman in the white hat and goggles.

  • Donnie
    May 16, 2013 - 12:35

    We have an opportunity to come home and help build the future. It's a great day for the Burin Peninsula.

  • Robb
    May 15, 2013 - 14:01

    Well.....where are the comments from the naysaying ndp and liberals....I can't believe they have yet to come up with something to stain this wonderful moment for Marystown........I mean the ndp and liberals really don't care who they hurt with their low-balling, under-educated, four-flushing comments. And again, I have to post here on The Telegram site, as VOCM will not post any comments that support the govt in any way, shape or they really only want to show the few who dig at the gov't in every way possible, but want to keep any pro-gov't comment away from their site....again, they are as low-balling as the ndp and liberals are.

    • Tony Rockel
      May 16, 2013 - 02:51

      I am not a fan of any of the 3 parties but I find it interesting that while you profess to be so offended by the mudslinging of the Libs and NDP, you aren't at all shy about doing exactly the same thing yourself. Three hundred fifty jobs for 2 years? That's fine, but how about some long term jobs in renewable energy in preparation for when the oil is gone? Oh, I forgot-- our supposedly free enterprise-loving government won't allow that because they've given Nalcor a monopoly over the sale of power in this province and have neutered the PUB to give their cronies an even freer hand in jacking up our electricity rates. So much for competition and innovation! What a joke!

    • Corporate Psycho
      May 18, 2013 - 20:42

      What about all the Hebron work the PC's have givin away outside of the province?