Multi-million refit at Bull Arm site
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.