Oil spill halts Hibernia field production

Production by Hibernia oil field offshore Newfoundland and Labrador was shut in July 17 after workers noticed an oil slick. Hibernia Management & Development Co. estimated the release at 75 bbl of crude oil. There were no injuries.

Production by Hibernia oil field offshore Newfoundland and Labrador was shut in July 17 after workers noticed an oil slick.

Hibernia Management & Development Co. estimated the release at 75 bbl of crude oil. There were no injuries.

Efforts were under way to contain and collect the oil. Production, which can reach 220,000 b/d, remained shut in on July 19.

The discharge occurred during water removal from a storage unit of the gravity-base Hibernia platform 315 km east-southeast of St. John’s.

HMDC partners are ExxonMobil Canada, 33.125%; Chevron Canada Resources, 26.875%; Suncor 20%; Canada Hibernia Holding Corp., 8.5%; Murphy Oil, 6.5%; and Equinor Canada Ltd., 5%.

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