OIL PLATFORM HAS NEAR-MISS WITH ICEBERG
A floating oil platform off Newfoundland has had a near-miss with an iceberg the size of a small office building. Husky Energy said a “medium size” iceberg came within 180 metres of the SeaRose FPSO at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. “We had an iceberg pass close by our production facility,” Husky’s Colleen McConnell said Thursday. “We’ve been monitoring this particular piece of ice for awhile. It changed direction at about two in the morning, and we obviously had to respond quickly.” The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board described the iceberg as 40 metres wide, 60 metres long and standing eight metres above the waterline. The board says Husky de-pressurized production wells and flushed flow lines with treated sea water, while the crew prepared for a potential disconnect.