Limited White Rose field restart approved

Husky Energy Inc. has received approval for the limited restart of oil and gas production from White Rose field offshore Newfoundland and Labrador and for its plans to repair equipment that leaked oil last November. The leak occurred at a subsea flowline connection during the restart of production, which had been shut in during heavy weather.

Husky Energy Inc. has received approval for the limited restart of oil and gas production from White Rose field offshore Newfoundland and Labrador and for its plans to repair equipment that leaked oil last November (OGJ Online, Nov. 28, 2018).

The leak occurred at a subsea flowline connection during the restart of production, which had been shut in during heavy weather.

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) approved resumption of production from the Central Drill Center (CDC), where flushing and leak testing of flowlines were completed in mid-January. Husky is to ensure that key elements of the restart occur during daylight.

Production through the CDC flows into the Sea Rose floating production, storage, and offloading vessel through a system without the type of flowline connecter that failed on the loop serving the South White Rose Extension Drill Center (SWRX).

The C-NLOPB also approved Husky’s plan for plugging the SWRX flowline and recovery the failed flowline connector under strict conditions related to spill preparedness and wildlife protection.

Before the shut-in, White Rose produced about 23,640 b/d of oil and 122.5 MMcfd of natural gas.

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