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Husky restarts limited production from White Rose oilfield off Newfoundland

04 February 2019

In late January, the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board approved Husky Oil's request to restart production at the White Rose oil field off Canada’s Atlantic coast. Operations have been suspended since a November 16 oil spill of an estimated 250,000 litres caused by a faulty flowline connector to the SeaRose FPSO, stationed about 350 kilometres off the coast.

SeaRose FPSO - Image: Husky Energy
SeaRose FPSO - Image: Husky Energy

The approval is for one drill centre that uses a separate flowline from the one where the leak originated. That will remain closed until the company can retrieve the broken connector, plug the flowline and flush it with water. This requires a two-day weather window which might not happen for weeks.

In the meantime, key operations are to happen during daylight hours, as a condition of the regulator's approval. Other conditions will require aerial and vessel surveillance, operational and wildlife observers on board and monitoring of Husky's onshore activities.

Work is still suspended at the other four drill sites in the oil field, awaiting approval from the regulatory authority to restart. Leak testing still needs to be done on the other drill centres.

Husky said in a news release that adverse weather guidelines were updated and risk assessments and safety reviews were completed before restarting work at the drill centre.

The offshore board's investigation into the November spill is still ongoing.

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