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Friday, November 24, 2017

Newfoundland News

Canadian Maritime Link Cable Project

Maritime Link, is an electrical transmission project to link the island of Newfoundland with Nova Scotia for the first time. NSP Maritime Link Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador Holdings Inc. and an affiliate of Nova Scotia Power, has filed its Environmental Assessment Report (EA Report) for the Maritime Link Project with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Nova Scotia Environment, and Newfoundland & Labrador's Department of Environment and Conservation. This is a major milestone in the federal and provincial environmental assessment processes for the proposed Maritime Link, an electrical transmission project which will link the provinces of Newfoundland & Labrador and Nova Scotia for the very first time.

Aker Kvaerner Awarded Contract for White Rose Platform

Aker Kvaerner, part of the international oil services, engineering and construction, and shipbuilding Group, Kvaerner, announced that Husky Energy has awarded the joint venture comprising Aker Kvaerner (49 per cent) and its partner Peter Kiewit & Sons Co. (51 per cent), an EPC contract for the complete topside facilities for the White Rose FPSO, offshore Newfoundland, Canada. The contract has a value of approximately $400 million. The White Rose field will be developed with a production vessel, and the contract is regarded as a major milestone in Aker Kvaerner's strategy, for which the Canadian market is a key geographical area. All engineering…

Chevron Postpones Newfoundland Venture

Chevron Canada Ltd. says its partnership has decided to suspend negotiations with the government of Newfoundland and Labrador and demobilize the Hebron offshore project team after failing to reach a development agreement with the province. The joint-venture partners are ExxonMobil Canada, Petro-Canada and Norsk Hydro Canada Oil & Gas Inc., a subsidiary of Norway's Norske energy and industrial giant. Toronto Star reported that Hebron poses a number of challenges due to the high degree of technical complexity associated with recovering heavy oil in a harsh marine environment. While project activities have been suspended, the co-venturers remain positive that activities could proceed at a future date after a deal is reached with the provincial government.

Newfoundland Stands Firm on Hebron Royalties

According to a report in the Chronicle Herald, the Newfoundland government is not bowing to pressures from big oil to reduce its royalty rates from the proposed $5-billion Hebron heavy oil project in the North Atlantic. In April, it was announced that the Hebron project was being suspended after its partners were unable to reach a development agreement with the government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Hebron, located 350 km off the Newfoundland coast, is estimated to contain 731 million barrels of oil. Oil majors with a stake in the project include ExxonMobil, Chevron, Petro-Canada and Norsk Hydro Canada Oil and Gas Inc. (Source: http://thechronicleherald.ca)

Newfoundland, Labrador Fund Maritime R&D Projects

11 business-led projects to get more than $1.3 million in funding from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland & Labrador (RDC). "With an increasingly diversified economy continuing to outpace growth in other regions around North America, Newfoundland and Labrador continues to earn a reputation as a place where business growth and innovation is encouraged," said the Honourable Keith Hutchings, Minister Responsible for RDC. RDC works with businesses, providing funding to assist with research and development (R&D) activities focused on improving Newfoundland and Labrador's R&D performance. The investment program fosters business R&D in Newfoundland and Labrador focusing on key sectors including oil and gas, fisheries, information technology and ocean technologies.

Husky Energy Pact for Canadian Offshore Project

Photo: Husky Energy Inc.

NC-Lavalin, Dragados Canada and Pennecon announced that their General Partnership (GP) has been awarded a construction contract from Husky Energy as part of the company's West White Rose Project in Newfoundland and Labrador. The GP will build a concrete gravity structure (CGS) for a fixed drilling platform. The CGS, with an overall height of 145m and base diameter of 122m, will require 76,000m3 of concrete in its construction, which will take place in a purpose built dry dock from 2017 to 2021.

Statoil in New Field Development Offshore Canada

Planned Hebron GBS Platform: Image credit Statoil

The Hebron field development offshore Newfoundland and Labrador was sanctioned by operator ExxonMobil and its co-venturers. Located approximately 350 km offshore Newfoundland, the Hebron platform will be a concrete Gravity Based Structure (GBS) in 95 meters water depth. The Hebron field is estimated to produce more than 700 million barrels of oil. The platform is being designed for an oil production rate of 150,000 barrels of oil per day. For Statoil, which holds a 9.7% share in Hebron, this is a significant component in the growth of the company’s Canada East Coast operations.

Canadian Ice-class Ferry Second Order for Damen

Ice-class ferry rendering courtesy of Damen Shipyards

This second order, placed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government, is for an identical vessel to one ordered from Damen a few weeks ago, but this ferry will be deployed between Bell Island and Portugal Cove-St. Philip's. Scheduled for delivery in February 2016, the 14-knot Ro-Ro ferry will be able to carry up to 200 passengers and 60 vehicles. According to the shipbuilders, the investment in the new ferry is part of the Government’s vessel renewal programme and will expand capacity on the route by replacing the MV Beaumont Hamel.

Kvaerner Authorized for Next Stage Work on Canadian Drilling Project

Kværner ASA authorised for further work on Hebron Project in Newfoundland & Labrador Kiewit-Kvaerner Contractors, the 50/50 joint venture between Peter Kiewit Infrastructure and Kvaerner, has been authorised by ExxonMobil Canada Properties (EMCP) to proceed with work on the Hebron Project gravity based structure (GBS) project in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.   The authorisation follows substantial completion of front end engineering and design services and awards the next phase, which includes detailed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) related services. Kvaerner estimates its share of this work to be approximately USD 125-150 million.  

$70M Canadian Offshore Oil Contract Awarded

According to a Nov. 10 report from CBC News, A major contract has been awarded to start work on Newfoundland and Labrador's Hebron offshore oil project. U.S. construction company Peter Kiewit has won a $70m contract for engineering and site preparation. The work will be done at Bull Arm fabrication site in eastern Newfoundland. Kiewit is sharing the work with Aker Solutions, and Exxon Mobil is leading the consortium to develop Hebron. (Source: CBC News)

FGH’s Newfoundland Sector Under New Ownership

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. (FGH) announced today it has sold the assets of Friede Goldman Newfoundland, the company’s Canadian subsidiary located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, to Peter Kiewit Sons Co. Ltd.The transaction is part of the continuing effort to restructure the company and facilitate its emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Bob Shepherd, Executive vice president, administration of FGH, commented, “ The sale of the assets of FGN is in the best interests of the company as it emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The transaction allows the company to reduce outstanding obligations.”

Newfoundland Plans Offshore Oil-Drilling Auction

Newfoundland, Canada's second largest oil- producing province, plans the third-largest auction of offshore drilling rights in its history after ending a territorial dispute with neighboring Nova Scotia. The province plans to sell rights to more than 4.23 million acres of oil and natural-gas exploration properties, including three parcels in the formerly disputed Sydney Basin, Bloomberg reported. Bids are due in November. The auction will include 11 parcels that are being offered at the request of producers. The Sydney Basin concessions account for about 45 percent of the acreage. The province has only twice sold rights to more than 4.23 million acres, in 1990 and 2003. About 741,000 acres of properties were sold in last year's Newfoundland auction for $34 million.

Teekay’s New Shuttle Tanker Delivered

Beothuk Spirit is the first of three new Canadian flagged shuttle tankers built by Samsung Heavy Industries for Teekay Offshore (Photo: Teekay Offshore)

Teekay Offshore said it has taken delivery of Beothuk Spirit, the first of three new shuttle tankers to serve East Coast Canada, built in Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries. Heritage Class sister vessels Norse Spirit and Dorset Spirit are scheduled for delivery in the first half of November 2017 and early-2018 respectively. The three Suezmax, DP2 shuttle tankers will provide crude transportation services to the Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose and Hebron offshore oil fields located in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.

PGS : Building Further Success in Newfoundland, Labrador

PGS 2D and 3D surveys in Eastern Canada

PGS has recently completed the fifth consecutive acquisition season offshore Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the ongoing joint venture (JV) with TGS. The successful 2015 season was the biggest yet with PGS operating four vessels, two 3D and two 2D vessels, all of them equipped with GeoStreamer, PGS' broadband technology. This season marked the commencement of the first MultiClient 3D programs to be acquired by the JV, as well as continued building of the regional MultiClient 2D library coverage. * Most 3D seismic ever acquired in a single season offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.

Canada: Damen to Deliver 80m Ice Class Ferry

Photo: Damen

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government has awarded Damen Shipyards Group an order for a state-of-the-art, 80 m Ice Class ferry, which will operate on the Fogo Island-Change Islands service. Scheduled for delivery in September 2015, the 14-knot ro-ro ferry will be able to carry up to 200 passengers and 60 vehicles. The investment in the new ferry is part of the Government’s vessel renewal program. She will replace the aging MV Captain Earl Winsor. Fifteen proposals were received in response to the Government's request for proposals for the construction of new ferry vessels.

MSC Container Ship Hull Damage to be Repaired at Anchorage

MSC Monterey: Photo courtesy of the owners

Specialists of the Canadian Ministry of Transportation, Germanischer Lloyd as well as representatives of the shipyard, insurance, charterer and owners REEDEREI NSB have decided after inspecting the damaged 'MSC Monterey' (anchored south of Newfoundland) that permanent repairs can be carried out on site. Owners, REEDEREI NSB inform that after inspection of the crack on the main deck and the outer hull and comprehensive ultrasonic testings all experts consider the cause of the crack to be a defective welding seam.

Canada Makes Marine Atlantic Board Appointment

Sharon R. Duggan has been appointed to the board of Marine Atlantic Inc. by the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Marine Atlantic Inc. is a federal Crown corporation that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. The corporation provides a constitutionally mandated passenger and commercial marine transportation service between the Island of Newfoundland and the Province of Nova Scotia. Its mission is to provide a safe, environmentally responsible and quality ferry service in a reliable and cost-effective manner. "I am pleased that Ms. Duggan has agreed to serve on the board of Marine Atlantic," said Minister Lebel. Ms.

Three Charged With Manslaughter in Fatal Ship Collision

Canadian authorities acting on behalf of the United States charged the captain of a Russian-owned vessel with involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday in connection with the fatal collision of a ship and a U.S. fishing trawler last week. Police in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland said they were acting on a U.S. arrest warrant, raising the strong possibility that the captain of the Virgo and two crew members would be extradited to the United States to face trial. The three men were charged in a Newfoundland court with involuntary manslaughter, misconduct and aiding and abetting. A spokeswoman for Primorsk Shipping Corp., which owns the Virgo, said the three had been arrested late on Tuesday. The ship came under suspicion after three fishermen on board the U.S.

Roll Dampening on the Grand Banks

Longtime Newfoundland fisherman Vernon Petten of Port-De-Grave isn't afraid of trying something new. For his most recent boat, 65 x 23-ft. Newfoundland Clipper he installed his first Cummins in the engine room and up on top of the boat's shelter deck, he installed his first roll dampener. He chose the 600 hp Cummins KTA19-M3 main engine because of the company's good service reputation. He installed the anti-roll tank because, unlike the more common "flopper-stoppers" which can cost the boat one knot of speed, the tank allows the boat to maintain its regular speed. Designed by Dr. Don Bass, at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the tank on Petten's boat is built into the shelter deck cover a few feet aft of the forward mounted deckhouse.

Statoil & Partners Win Offshore Canada Bid

(Image courtesy Statoil)

Statoil, Chevron Canada and Repsol E&P Canada have been named the successful bidders for exploration rights on two land parcels in the Flemish Pass Basin, offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. This was the result of a land sale issued by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB). The land parcels are located west of Statoil’s Mizzen discovery in the Flemish Pass Basin. Statoil will be the operator of both licences with a 50 % interest. Chevron Canada has 40 % and Repsol E&P Canada has 10%.

Aker Solutions Wins Hebron GBS Project

Kiewit-Aker Contractors, a 50/50 joint venture between Peter Kiewit Infrastructure and Aker Solutions, has been awarded a contract by ExxonMobil Canada Properties (EMCP) for the Hebron Project gravity based structure (GBS). The contract is for Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) and site preparation, with the option at ExxonMobil's discretion to subsequently provide detailed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. The contract value for Aker Solutions' share of the FEED and site preparation is $70m. The Hebron Field is an oil and gas development in the Atlantic Ocean located 350 kilometres offshore from St. John's, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Memorial University Program to Study Marine Offshore Structures

Houston, TX -The Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) and ABS of Texas have announced a combined $600,000 investment for the ABS Harsh Environment Technology Center and associated research program. This investment will fund research on how ship and offshore structures can be improved to work more effectively in volatile ocean conditions, such as the North Atlantic. “This partnership further demonstrates Newfoundland and Labrador as a recognized leader on the international stage when it comes to research and development of technologies for ships and offshore structures operating in harsh environments,” said Keith Hutchings, Minister Responsible for the RDC. “Worldwide, there is an industry need for this type of research and development.

This Day in Naval History – May 27

1813 - American joint operations against Fort George, Canada 1919 - Navy NC-4 completes trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Lisbon, Portugal (Source: Navy News Service)

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