Terra Nova FPSO producing again

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Mooring chains inspected, replaced during planned maintenance

The Terra Nova floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) is back online, about 350 kilometres southeast of St. John’s.

The FPSO came offline for a planned maintenance program beginning Sept. 25.

As of Friday, Dec. 6, it is back offshore, in use by operator Suncor Energy.

An 11-week maintenance period was longer than what was expected, as of late 2012, with the length extended as a result of a need to replace massive mooring chains on the vessel.

The province took a hit in terms of revenue for offshore oil as a result of the maintenance time. However, the FPSO was off for a much shorter period than in 2012, when it spent 183 days in Marystown.

With its new life, the Terra Nova FPSO will continue producing from the Terra Nova field. The estimate on the amount of oil to be pumped from that field was officially raised by 87 million barrels by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board earlier in 2013.

The change will extend the life of Terra Nova by as much as seven years.

 

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

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