After nine years in the planning and construction, ExxonMobil’s Hebron project produced its first oil on November 27. The platform is located in the Hebron field of the Jeanne d’Arc Basin, which is 217 miles southeast of St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL).
The Hebron project is a gravity-based structure (the structure will be held down by its weight, versus a floating structure which could be moved around). It consists of a reinforced concrete base to store 1.2 million barrels of oil in separate storage compartments and an upper unit consisting of production and drilling facilities and living quarters for 220 employees. The two units were separately built at the Bull Arm, Trinity Bay, NL, site, before towed to its final location offshore in the Hebron field in June, 2017. The project will be able to produce up to 150,000 barrels of oil a day.
“Hebron is an engineering and construction marvel,” stated ExxonMobil Canada president, Carman Mullins. “Thousands of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can proudly say they helped design and build the platform.” Over 40 million hours were involved in the project, without a lost-time injury during its construction, creating about 7,500 jobs during peak construction. Over 600 will be employed over the project’s production period.
In the same area of the Hebron field is the Terra Nova and White Rose fields, which are being developed by a floating production, storage and offloading facility. The Hibernia field is also in the same area, with the Hibernia platform, also a gravity-based structure, celebrating its 20th anniversary of producing oil this year. Last December, the billionth barrel of oil was produced.
More information on these projects can be found at Hebron Project, Terra Nova, White Rose, and Hibernia.