It will be a busy 2019 for Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil mega-project

It will be a busy 2019 for Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil mega-project
The West White Rose concrete gravity structure reached a height of 46 metres in November. Photo courtesy Husky Energy Inc.

Husky Energy looks to keep West White Rose on track after hitting major milestones in 2018

After taking a breather during the holiday season, work on the West White Rose concrete gravity structure is back in full swing at two construction sites in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Argentia and Marystown are hot spots of construction activity for the project, which will cost $3.2 billion to get to first oil in 2022. A big milestone in the construction of the concrete gravity structure (it will be the drilling and production platform for the White Rose satellite oil field) was reached late in 2018 when the first concrete slip pour was finished at the Argentia industrial park. The pour brought the height of the structure to 46 metres and involved 1,500 tradespeople and 500 operational staff who poured 10,000 cubic metres of concrete and installed over 3,000 tonnes of rebar. When it’s completed, the structure will weigh 210,000 tonnes, be 145 metres in height and 122 metres in diameter. The field will have a peak production of 75,000 barrels per day.

Operator Husky Energy Inc. says when work resumed at the sites following the Christmas break, painting was finished on the upper sub-module for the living quarters and work started on supporting equipment in Marystown. In Argentia the contracting partnership working on the structure―SNC Lavalin, Dragados and Pennecon―prepared the internal concrete slab and ring beams for the central shaft before the main mechanical outfitting steel work is installed.

Husky Energy’s senior vice-president, Atlantic region Trevor Pritchard says it reached some big goals in 2018. Now more milestones must be met in 2019. “We’ve got some scheduling challenges and we’re looking to optimize,” he says. “But we’re through a lot of the engineering now. That prevents surprises going forward.”

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