Oil producers and service companies active in the Newfoundland offshore are preparing for the arrival of intense weather and sea conditions.
A Suncor Energy spokesman told The Telegram via email it has some additional measures in place. It has planned for the protection of the Terra Nova production vessel.
“In Marystown, we have consulted with mooring experts and confirmed that the mooring design for the FPSO at quayside is well within forecasted wind and wave conditions and will therefore remain moored at quayside. However, as a precaution, we have mobilized some additional tug and standby vessels to support operations,” the spokesman stated.
Offshore, Suncor is temporarily suspending flowline replacement work and vessels active on that project will run out the storm’s peak in Conception Bay South.
At the same time, “we are monitoring the storm closely to ensure the safety of all personnel and the integrity of our facilities,” stated a spokeswoman for Hibernia’s operations. “Based on current forecasts we will make sure everything is made safe and limit external activities.”
According to Husky Energy, the SeaRose FPSO currently remains in production at the White Rose oil field.
Husky suspended drilling at the White Rose extension, North Amethyst G-27-7 development well, over the weekend. According to a spokeswoman for the company, the shutdown falls under normal protocol for the weather conditions forecast.
The rig being used at the North Amethyst drill centre, the GSF Grand Banks, remains at location.
Meanwhile, the rig recently brought into Conception Bay South for a safety investigation, the Henry Goodrich, stays moored in C.B.S.
“The rigs and SeaRose FPSO are designed for these kinds of conditions, and based on the current forecast we will remain within that design criteria,” stated an email response to questions from The Telegram.
“Regular personnel movements have been adjusted based on operational requirements, but there are no plans to down staff facilities.”
Offshore installations track weather systems as part of safety protocols and Husky has affirmed it is currently tracking both Leslie and Michael and will take further actions as required.
The Telegram has contacted other offshore operators and service providers, requesting updates on the status of their people, platforms and vessels offshore. More will be added to this page as it is provided.