Oil spill from leak in offloading system still under investigation
A break in rough seas around the Hibernia platform allowed for repair work to be undertaken on a problematic oil offloading system over the weekend.
Hibernia Management and Development Co. is investigating the cause of a crude oil leak from the platform.
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It is believed crude oil leaked from the offshore system between Dec. 27 and Jan. 1, escaping into the water around the production platform.
The Hibernia Management and Development Co. (HMDC) halted use of the system, but had its
up-close investigation and repair work impeded by the sea state at the site — at least until this past Saturday, according to HMDC spokeswoman Margot Bruce-O’Connell.
“With lower sea states on Saturday, Jan. 18, HMDC raised the hose for inspection and some preliminary repairs,” she stated, in an update provided by email Monday.
The suspected site of the leak, a hose valve, was brought up to the water’s surface and repaired during the weather window, she stated.
HMDC is now continuing with its investigation into the oil spill. It estimates the total oil lost at about 6,000 litres.
“The (offloading) system will remain out of service until the investigation and any resulting repair work is completed,” Bruce-O’Connell stated.
The Hibernia platform is currently operating at normal production rates. HMDC is making use of a second, unaffected offloading system.
The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, meanwhile, is working to establish its own estimate on
the oil spilled from Hibernia in December, as part of its own investigation.