Marystown — Tuesday was billed as a "milestone" day for the Hebron project as the first piece of steel for the drilling support module was cut in Marystown.
Geoff Parker, Hebron's senior project manager for ExxonMobil, was among a large group of government officials, project partners and workers in attendance for the event at Peter Kiewit's Cow Head fabrication facility.
"Investments being made by the Hebron co-venturers are providing significant benefits to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Project-related employment in the province has already reached 2,400 people and is expected to peak at over 3,000, including contractors, subcontractors and skilled labour." Parker said.
John Huber, area manager for Kiewit Offshore Services in Marystown, acknowledged work on the drilling support module will last roughly two years and top out at around 350 jobs in Marystown.
"Kiewit Offshore Services is looking forward to the opportunities we will be faced with in the coming months."
Premier Kathy Dunderdale was initially slated to attend and planned to make the trip by helicopter, but she was forced to cancel last-minute due to thick fog in the area. In her place, Education Minister and Burin-Placentia West MHA Clyde Jackman did the honours of pushing the button to fire up the new PythonX robotic plasma steel cutting system recently installed at the site.
He said it would be great to see the yard up and operating for a significant period of time.
"I know the potential that's in this facility. I know the potential of the workforce that's here."