Premier Kathy Dunderdale
Premier Kathy Dunderdale will not be attending an event in Marystown this morning, because her helicopter flight has been grounded with the fog.
The premier was to fly out to the event — a cutting of the first steel for the drilling support module for the Hebron offshore oil project.
A notice from the premier’s office this morning stated “unforeseen weather conditions” have resulted in the premier being unable to reach the event in time.
Minister of education and MHA for Burin-Placentia West, Clyde Jackman, will now represent the Government of Newfoundland Labrador at the event, at the Cow Head fabrication facility just outside Marystown.
It would have been the second “first steel” ceremony the premier attended for the project. A special event for the first steel cut for the living quarters of the Hebron topsides was held March 11, at the Metal World facility on Torbay Road.
The living quarters and drilling support module are the two large pieces of the offshore project to be built in-province. Other key modules — the derrick equipment set and utilities process module — will be built in South Korea.
In total, the Hebron project partners are expected to spend about $14 billion to get their oil development up and running.