All of Hebron should be built here: Kennedy

James McLeod
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Natural Resource Minister Jerome Kennedy said today that the province will be pushing to make sure all three of the modules on the Hebron oil platform get built in Newfoundland.

Under the Hebron development agreement, all three modules should be built in the province, but only if there are facilities that can handle the work.

Up until now, it's looked like to modules would be built here with Marystown and Bull Arm shipyards each handling one.

"I met with Exxon Mobil a couple weeks ago and let them know that from the province's perspective, all three modules could be built in this province, that the Hebron benefits agreement is meant to benefit the people of this province," Kennedy told reporters this afternoon.

Kennedy said that he believes that the Bull Arm fabrication facility can build two of the three Hebron modules.

If Exxon doesn't believe this is doable, they can dispute it, and there is a means of resolution in the Hebron benefits agreement.

Each module represents a massive structure as part of the oil platform, and is worth $60-100 million dollars in work to the provincial economy.

Organizations: Exxon Mobil

Geographic location: Hebron, Newfoundland, Marystown

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Recent comments

  • Truth Teller
    June 02, 2012 - 08:45

    William Daniels, get your facts straight. What you wrote is simply not true. Locals are very much a part of the project and are always hired first (if they're qualified to do the job at hand; if not, the project has to interview others). There are many locals in upper management with this project and many locals who are a part of every aspect of the job. And FYI, It's not just Americans on the project; there are Canadians, Brits, Norwegians, etc.

  • Sam
    June 02, 2012 - 08:31

    Let's not forget all of the money the Hebron project is bringing into the Province (including the taxes foreigners pay to live here and local shops that are benefiting by increased sales due to the increased population).

  • California Pete from NFLD
    June 01, 2012 - 12:25

    NO - NO - NO not "could be build " it should have been "Will be build or take the highway " . I wonder how much was passed under the table . $$$$

  • Darrell
    June 01, 2012 - 07:47

    If they don't take a stand the people of the province complain if the do try to make a stand and keep it here you still complain it is time for the people of this province to wakeup and back the government when they try to do the right thing.

  • Dave
    May 31, 2012 - 22:19

    Wow there is another member of Government, only with the correct choice ,act on behalf of the province and its people, now now all other Mha' watch and follow his example. Polls are looking odd, maybe the Honorable Premier will wake up also.

  • lonewolf
    May 31, 2012 - 19:15

    That'll be great, more work for Quebec.

  • William Daniels
    May 31, 2012 - 15:46

    I agree with the Minister but right now in Bull Arm the americans have taken over. All senior management are from the states and have no problem running off newfs. Not off to a good start for NL benefits.

  • Eli
    May 31, 2012 - 15:41

    I wish him and all NL luck but I have to wonder how much of this announcement is nothing more than what we want to hear. Nobody will forget the cost over-runs at Marystown. Companies will build anything they want at the best price they can get.

  • Graham
    May 31, 2012 - 15:12

    All the answers and no solutions as usual Minister Kennedy. If hot air was worth as much as oil you could use yours to get rid of the rain and fog around here. What was your plan going into this and what is your long term plan Minister of Hot Air Kennedy. Please tell all of us.