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Hebron employment in N.L. heading into summer peak

Ashley Fitzpatrick afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com
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Work continues on the Hebron Gravity Base Structure just a day before the drydock is flooded.

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Work continues on the Hebron Gravity Base Structure just a day before the drydock is flooded.

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Work continues on the Hebron Gravity Base Structure just a day before the drydock is flooded.

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Work continues on the Hebron Gravity Base Structure just a day before the drydock is flooded.

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Work continues on the Hebron Gravity Base Structure just a day before the drydock is flooded.

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Work continues on the Hebron Gravity Base Structure just a day before the drydock is flooded.

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Work continues on the Hebron Gravity Base Structure just a day before the drydock is flooded.

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Work continues on the Hebron Gravity Base Structure just a day before the drydock is flooded.

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Work continues on the Hebron Gravity Base Structure just a day before the drydock is flooded.

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Work continues on the Hebron Gravity Base Structure just a day before the drydock is flooded.

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Work continues on the Hebron Gravity Base Structure just a day before the drydock is flooded.

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Work continues on the Hebron Gravity Base Structure just a day before the drydock is flooded.

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Geoff Parker, senior Hebron project managerdescribes progress on the gravity base structure (GBS). — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

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Construction continues on the Hebron offshore oil platform, with the $14-billion project still on schedule, according to project lead Geoff Parker.

The platform’s concrete base is being built at the Bull Arm Fabrication Site and is about 50 per cent complete, he told reporters during a site visit Monday morning, the day before the drydock area — where the base of the platform is in progress — starts to be filled with water.

“This is a very exciting time for the Hebron project,” he said. “We’ve completed the first stage of construction, in the drydock, and what’s going to be happening over the coming month is we’re going to put water into the drydock. ... And then, next month, this part of the gravity base structure will float around the corner to the deepwater site, where construction will continue.”

Concrete batch plants and other required elements will be floated out to the deepwater site in Great Mosquito Cove on barges, where more concrete will be added until it is complete and ready to be attached to the platform’s topsides.

The topsides is a collection of several large modules. The living quarters module is also under construction at Bull Arm. Other modules are being built in Marystown and in South Korea.

They will ultimately be brought together at the Bull Arm site and the completed topsides will be connected to the base.

The completed platform will then be towed to the Hebron oil field, in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin, about 350 kilometres southeast of St. John’s. First oil is expected in 2017.

“At the moment we have about 2,000 people on site (at Bull Arm) and during the summer slipforming period, we’ll get up to around 3,500 people,” Parker said of construction employment.

Provincewide numbers are higher, with about 4,000 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians active on the project at last official count on March 31. And the project has yet to require bringing in workers from outside of the country.

Public tours of the Bull Arm site are running now through October, every Tuesday and Thursday at

10 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as every third Saturday. Further details can be found and reservations made at: hebronproject.com. The entrance to the visitors centre is found a few kilometres west of Come By Chance on the Trans-Canada Highway.

The Hebron project partners are ExxonMobil Canada Properties (36 per cent stake), Chevron Canada Limited (26.7 per cent), Suncor Energy Inc. (22.7 per cent), Statoil Canada (9.7 per cent) and Crown corporation Nalcor Energy (4.9 per cent).