The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has approved Hibernia Management and Development Company’s (HMDC’s) plan to continue drilling and production at the Hibernia platform, subject to conditions, after the suspension of operations following a second spill on August 17, 2019.
Equinor released a statement informing that its oil storage terminal in the Bahamas has been damaged by the Hurricane Dorian that hit the area. According to the statement, all crew had already evacuated the terminal and are safe.
An investigation at the external tanks of FPSO ‘Cidade do Rio de Janeiro’, at the Espadarte field in Brazil, revealed cracks at the hull, the Tokyo-based operator MODEC informed. Over the weekend, 1.2 cubic meter of residual oil leaked from the unit, which was recovered.
Hibernia Management and Development Company notified the C-NLOPB on July 17, 2019 of an oil slick observed on the water near the Hibernia platform, located 315 kilometres from St. John’s, NL. The initial slick size was estimated by HMDC to be 900m x 20m, while it is also estimated to be approximately 4.6 kms at its widest part.
Oil company Husky Energy is planning to install a replacement flowline connector at the White Rose Field. This comes after the 250.000-liter oil spill in the Atlantic, which took place on November 2018, due to a flawed flowline connector. The company would use the DOF’s Skandi Vinland vessel to replace the flawed flowline connector.
After halting operations, due to an oil spill observation in the area of operations, Equinor commenced oil loadings from its Statfjord field in the North Sea, offshore Norway. In the meantime, Reuters reported that the loading are being conducted by a different buoy on the field.
Norwegian oil firm Equinor, published a statement according to which an oil spill was observed during a loading operation in the North Sea offshore Norway on Wednesday, May 15. The company noted that when loading oil from buoy to shuttle tanker on the North Sea Statfjord field, oil was observed on the sea surface.
Oil spill incidents seem to occur more nowadays. Thinking of major oil spills, there were three major ones that took place in the US, starting from Santa Barbara in 1969, Exxon Valden in 1989 and Deepwater Horizon in 2010.
BP announced that it has discovered two new oilfields in the Gulf of Mexico and has found one billion barrels of oil at an existing field with the help of a new seismic technology. The company, years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Spill, announced its plans on expanding its production at its Atlantis oilfield in the Gulf of Mexico.
Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras confirmed occurrence of an oil leak on 2 January in one of the tanks of the FPSO ‘Cidade de Rio de Janeiro’, chartered by the company and operated by Modec do Brasil in the Espadarte field in the Campos Basin, approximately 130 km from the Macaé coastline, on the north coast of Rio de Janeiro.
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