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Halt on production continues at SeaRose FPSO

Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board says investigation ongoing

Oil production continues to be suspended at the SeaRose FPSO, about 350 kilometres east of St. John’s.

The shutdown began with the discovery of an estimated 250,000-litre spill on Nov. 16, 2018. The vessel was attempting to re-start production after an initial hold during a strong storm. As previously reported, the spill came from a failed flowline connector near the South White Rose Extension drill centre.

Operator Husky Energy submitted a preliminary report on the spill Dec. 7 to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB). In an update issued Monday, the CNLOPB noted general maintenance activities are currently being allowed by the Board, but oil production is still not permitted.

There are more inspections being undertaken using vessels, satellite and remote operated vehicles (ROV).

“Our focus remains on reviewing Husky’s plan for plugging of the flowline and recovery of the failed flowline connector to ensure the work can be carried out in a safe and environmentally responsible manner,” read the Board statement.

A meeting between CNLOPB officials and Husky reps is scheduled for this week, to review a plan submitted by the operator for dealing with the flowline.

A representative for Husky Energy said the company continues to work towards recovering the failed flowline connector, and is working co-operatively with the regulator.

Meanwhile, Husky’s offshore drilling operations using the Henry Goodrich resumed in December. The immediate focus is two wells at the central drill centre.

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