Flooding of GBS dry dock begins tomorrow
Construction continues on the Hebron offshore oil platform, with the $14-billion build still on schedule, according to project lead Geoff Parker, with ExxonMobil Canada.
The platform's concrete base is being built at the Bull Arm Fabrication Site, with its entrance found west of Come By Chance on the Trans-Canada Highway.
A tour of the site was offered to local media representatives this morning, the day before the drydock area — where the base of the platform has been under construction for more than a year now — starts to be filled with water.
The base will be floated and towed out to a nearby deepwater construction area, where concrete will continue to be added, until it is complete and ready to be attached to the topsides.
The topsides is a collection of several large modules, including the living quarters — also under construction at Bull Arm. Other modules are being built in Marystown and in South Korea.
They will all be brought together at Bull Arm and, ultimately, the completed topsides and base will be connected and the platform towed out to the Hebron oil field, in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin, about 350 kilometers southeast of St. John's.
First oil is expected in 2017.
About 4,000 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are employed on the project.
Public tours of the Bull Arm site are being offered every Tuesday and Thursday, now through October, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., plus every third Saturday.
Hebron tour to provide progress update
The Telegram's resources reporter Ashley Fitzpatrick and photographer Keith Gosse are at Bull Arm today for a tour of the Hebron project.
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