Hebron delivers first oil offshore eastern Canada

Exxon Mobil has started production ahead of schedule from the Hebron project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.


The Hebron platform consists of a stand-alone gravity-based structure, which supports an integrated topsides deck which includes living quarters and drilling and production facilities.


The platform, which is about 200 miles (350 kilometres) offshore in water depths of about 300 feet (92 metres), has storage capacity of 1.2 MMbbl of oil.


At its peak, the project will produce up to 150,000 b/d. Discovered in 1980, the Hebron field is estimated to contain more than 700 MMbbl of recoverable resources.


According to ExxonMobil, during its eight-year engineering, construction and start-up phase, the Hebron project contracted hundreds of vendors throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and created about 7,500 jobs during the peak of the construction phase. The project achieved more than 40 million hours without a lost-time injury during construction.


Hebron is operated by ExxonMobil affiliate, ExxonMobil Canada Properties, which holds 35.5% equity in the project. Chevron Canada Ltd holds 29.6%, Suncor Energy Inc holds 21%, Statoil Canada Ltd holds 9% and Nalcor Energy-Oil and Gas Inc holds 4.9%.