Multi-mil­lion re­fit at Bull Arm site

The Compass - - OPINION -

The GSF Grand Banks off­shore drilling unit will soon be un­der­go­ing a three-month ma­jor re­fit at the Bull Arm site, and is ex­pected to em­ploy more than 300 lo­cal trades peo­ple.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources min­is­ter Kathy Dun­der­rdale said that site has al­ready pro­vided “broad ben­e­fits” to the prov­ince through its use with Hiber­nia, Terra Nova and White Rose, and is a world-class fa­cil­ity.

“As a sub­sidiary of Nalcor En­ergy, the Bull Arm site will con­tinue to be a ma­jor player in the growth of our in­dus­trial sec­tor through projects such as this one and the up­com­ing He­bron de­vel­op­ment,” she stated.

Ac­cord­ing the Nat­u­ral Re­sources Depart­ment press release is­sued June 17, Pen­necon En­ergy is do­ing the re­fur- bish­ment of the GSF Grand Banks, owned by a sub­sidiary of Transocean and cur­rently un­der a drilling con­tract with Husky En­ergy on the White Rose ex­pan­sion field. They say the multi-mil­lion dol­lar re­fit con­tract in­cludes hull coat­ing pip­ing sys­tem re­newal, main­te­nance, equip­ment over­hauls and new equip­ment in­stal­la­tions.

Work is ex­pected to be­gin late June or early July and fin­ish up in Oc­to­ber.

“This is an im­por­tant as­set for the de­vel­op­ment of our oil and gas in­dus­try and the ad­vance­ment of our fabri­ca­tion ca­pac­ity,” Ms. Dun­derdale added.

The re­fur­bish­ment of the drilling unit will take place in the FPSO quay and dry­dock area of the Bull Arm fabri­ca­tion site.

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