Two Incidents Halt Operations on the Hebron Offshore Platform

On June 3, 2017, it was announced that the sizeable Herbon oil platform started its two week journey from Bull Arm, St. John’s, to the Grand Banks. Eight tow vessels were used to carry the massive platform to its destination.

ExxonMobil started working on the Hebron project in 2011. Since then, ExxonMobil has been paying $225,000 to the nearby town of Sunnyside each year. This $14 billion platform is expected to start producing later this year and is set to yield up to 150,000 barrels of oil per day at peak production. However, the platform has recently ceased operation due to safety concerns.

On June 23, 2017, less than two weeks after the platform’s arrival at its offshore destination, the Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board announced that work has been suspended on the Hebron platform. It was reported that ExxonMobil halted operations after two incidents on the platform within three days.

A worker cut into a live electrical cable on June 20th, and three days later a 4.5 Kilogram metal object fell in the center shaft of the platform. The second incident resulted in injuries to three workers on the platform.

It was announced that the platform will not resume any operations until the Board’s chief safety officer determines that it is safe to do so.

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