Even while the provincial government and Hebron partners continue to work through a dispute over construction of the new offshore platform, Nalcor’s Bull Arm fabrication site is shaping up for a ramp-up of Hebron activity.
A contract for construction of the Bull Arm worker’s camp has been awarded to Malthus Canada Limited.
According to information provided to The Telegram by a spokeswoman for the Hebron project leaders, site work was scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2012 (July 1 to Sept. 30), to prepare the foundation and utilities for the camp.
As per the original expression of interest, the first 400 beds at Bull Arm are expected to be available by the end of the year.
A call to the local office of Malthus Canada, the company tapped for the work, received no response as of press time.
Information provided on the Malthus Canada website notes the company was also involved in establishing an accommodations camp for Vale in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2010-11.
Malthus maintains several offices in Canada, including one in Paradise.
The camp construction is moving ahead even though the province and Hebron project leaders have yet to resolve their dispute over how much of the Hebron platform is to be built in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The provincial government is demanding the platform's derrick equipment set module — a piece of the immense offshore oil platform — can be built in the province, while the Hebron project leaders say it would lead to undue project delays and financial implications for all parties.
First oil from Hebron is expected by mid-2017.
The Hebron partners are ExxonMobil (approximately 36 per cent), Chevron (27 per cent), Suncor (22 per cent), Statoil (10 per cent) and Nalcor (five per cent).