OIL PLAT­FORM HAS NEAR-MISS WITH ICE­BERG

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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.

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