Canada’s Husky Energy said on Aug. 16 it will resume full production at its White Rose Field offshore Newfoundland & Labrador, which was shut down last year after an oil spill in November 2018.
White Rose production will ramp up to reach full rates of about 20,000 barrels per day, net to Husky, by early next week, the company said in a statement. Husky owns 72.5% of the field and Suncor Energy owns the remainder.
Last year’s spill of 1,572 barrels of oil was the largest ever recorded off the coast of the eastern Canadian province, the regulator Canada-Newfoundland & Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said. It was caused by a failed connector on an underwater oil flowline, which came apart during startup operations, a Husky investigation found.
“We regret the spill last year,” Husky CEO Rob Peabody said in a statement. “As a result of our investigation, we’ve enhanced our startup procedures, strengthened equipment and added more barriers to prevent failures.”
The company installed a replacement connector with a higher load capacity in July and has submitted an investigation report to the regulator.
The new find is believed to contain between 200 million and 300 million barrels of light oil at a water depth of 340 m.
Romero added in brief comments to Reuters that he does not expect a quick resolution to talks between Pemex and U.S.-based Talos Energy over the Zama oil discovery.
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