Minister confirms Hebron dispute unresolved
Provincial Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy has indicated negotiations aimed at resolving a dispute over how much of the Hebron offshore oil platform will be built in Newfoundland and Labrador are continuing.
The provincial government is demanding the platform’s derrick equipment module can be built in the province, while Hebron project leaders with ExxonMobil have said it would result in undue project delays and financial implications for all parties.
Mr. Kennedy told reporters Thursday both sides are still at the table – for now.
“I can say that the mediation process is ongoing. That’s the best way I can describe it.”
Asked a follow-up question on the state of the negotiations, he offered a less-thanoptimistic outlook on the talks.
“We will end up in arbitration.”
The provincial minister spoke with reporters at the House of Assembly Thursday and intended only to speak on the subject of a letter to the editor in that day’s Telegram, in which former premier Roger Grimes wrote on relations between the Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec, in the context of the Lower Churchill development.
Meanwhile, preparation work for Hebron construction continues at Nalcor Energy’s Bull Arm Fabrication Site.
As The Telegram reported Aug. 11, Malthus Canada Ltd. has been awarded a contract to build a worker camp at site, with 400 beds to be ready by the end of the year.
First oil from Hebron is expected by mid-2017.
St. John’s Telegram