Storm shuts At­lantic Canada’s oil pro­duc­tion

Calgary Herald - - FP CALGARY - SHEELA TO­BBEN

A huge low-pres­sure sys­tem that swept through Canada’s At­lantic se­aboard last week shut all of the re­gion’s oil pro­duc­tion. Only one field has restarted ser­vice in the storm’s wake, while an­other is bat­tling an oil leak.

Wa­ters off New­found­land and Labrador host four pro­duc­ing fields — Hiber­nia, Terra Nova, White Rose and He­bron — which yielded over 150,000 bar­rels of crude a day in Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to the Off­shore Petroleum Board. All four were shut ahead of the storm, op­er­a­tors said. Only He­bron has re­sumed oper­a­tions, ac­cord­ing to Lynn Evans, a spokes­woman for op­er­a­tor Exxon Mo­bil Canada.

Winds from the sys­tem reached 138 kilo­me­tres per hour, as strong as a Cat­e­gory 1 hur­ri­cane, and gen­er­ated waves reach­ing over 16 me­tres, said Joseph Sienkiewicz, ocean ap­pli­ca­tions branch chief at the U.S. Ocean Pre­dic­tion Cen­ter in Col­lege Park, Md. Swells from the storm reached across the At­lantic to the Ca­nary Is­lands off the coast of Africa.

Husky En­ergy Inc. is re­spond­ing to an oil spill from its White Rose field that’s es­ti­mated at about 1,572 bar­rels. The com­pany hasn’t in­di­cated when ser­vice might re­sume.

Mean­while, op­er­a­tor Sun­cor En­ergy Inc. may restart ser­vice at its Terra Nova field this week­end, ac­cord­ing to a per­son fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter. The site was shut ear­lier this month for re­pairs to a gas leak, and was ex­pected to re­sume ser­vice a few days later, the per­son said. That plan, how­ever, fell through be­cause of the storm. Sun­cor spokesman Paul New­march said the field would re­turn to oper­a­tions after in­spec­tions.


Only one oil ser­vice has restarted oper­a­tions after a mon­strous storm struck At­lantic Canada last week.

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