​Husky to resume full production at White Rose following spill investigation

Husky Energy expects to ramp back up to full rates this week at its White Rose project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador following an oil spill in November 2018.

The company says it can restart following an extensive investigation, flow line repairs, integrity testing and regulatory approvals.

In a statement, Husky CEO Rob Peabody said that as a result of the company’s investigation, it has enhanced startup procedures, strengthened equipment and added more barriers to prevent failures.

“The lessons learned have also been shared broadly through the industry to try to prevent similar incidents in the future,” he said.

Husky’s investigation found the source of the spill was a failed flowline connector near the South White Rose Extension drill centre, which parted during startup operations.

Flowline connectors are designed to release under specified tension in the event of iceberg activity.

Husky said that a replacement flowline connector with a higher load capacity was installed at the South White Rose Extension drill centre in July 2019, and other production flowlines with similar connectors have also been enhanced to withstand a higher load capacity.

The restart of the North Amethyst and South White Rose Extension drill centres follows the safe resumption of operations from three other White Rose drill centres in the first half of 2019, the company said.

Husky expects its 35 share of production to ramp up to approximately 20,000 bbls/d by early this week.

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