Light at the end of the tunnel
He added that it may not be as big as some of the past projects at the site, “but it’s going to be a good core module to start off with again and get ourselves back in the offshore oil business.”
Synard said the announcement gives the town something to build on.
“There might be potential for other parts of that project to come to Marystown as well,” he said, adding that not all parts of the project have gone out to tender yet.
The project will be the first one to come to the facility since the completion of the drilling module for the Hebron gravity-based structure, which was completed in December 2015. Kiewit shuttered the facility a few months later in May 2016 and it has been idle ever since.
The Burin Peninsula Chamber of Commerce say the news is a much-needed sign of hope for employment opportunities on the peninsula.
“We are absolutely thrilled,” said Loretta Lewis, chamber president. “Working with community partners and local business owners — just to see a light at the end of the tunnel is absolutely perfect timing — well needed and will create much (needed) employment in the local area.”
She added that it is not just good news to the workers who will be returning to the facility, but for all business on the peninsula.
“It’s been a very tough couple years for the local business community,” said Lewis. “Some businesses have closed, some have had to make some very tough decisions, others were not looking to a good another six months, and how long can business hold out when there’s no employment for the people to reinvest in the community, to put money back into the businesses and shop local — so everybody was finding it tough.”
Lewis said it is very exciting news that work is on the horizon for the facility.
“Cause there’s so many spinoffs with this type of contract,” she said.
Rick Farrell, president of Local 20 of UniforMarine Workers’ Federation could not be reached for comment at the time of filing for deadline.