Incident Disclosure 2020

Unauthorized Discharge from the Hibernia Platform

July 21, 2020

On Monday, July 20, Hibernia Management and Development Company (HMDC) reported that while conducting production operations late on July 19, water sampling indicated an exceedance of produced water discharge. Produced water is a mixture of seawater from the reservoir, seawater used in injection, drilling and production fluids used in normal production operations.

No workers were injured and all wells are in a safe state. HMDC immediately shut-in Hibernia production and the produced water overboard discharge was isolated.

A sheen was observed by satellite 2.5 kilometers from the Hibernia platform and confirmed by vessel observation. A Remotely Operated Vehicle was deployed subsea and confirmed there is no continuous release. HMDC has deployed a tracker buoy and continue surveillance activities of the area. The volume of the discharge and its composition are being determined.

No affected wildlife have been observed to date. Monitoring continues from the platform and vessels dispatched to conduct visual observations, and the C-NLOPB is in close contact with HMDC officials as well as government agencies including Canadian Coast Guard, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada. One Ocean, the liaison organization established by and for the fishing and petroleum industries of Newfoundland and Labrador, was notified and a Notice to Mariners disseminated.

The C-NLOPB is actively monitoring HMDC’s response to the incident with other agencies. Decisions on possible regulatory enforcement action will follow in due course.

The Hibernia Platform is located 315 kilometres east southeast of St. John’s.

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Incident Disclosures 2020

Sep 17, 2020Fire on fast rescue craft onboard the M/V Siem Diamond
Aug 31, 2020Near Miss on the SeaRose FPSO
Jul 21, 2020Unauthorized Discharge from the Hibernia Platform
Jun 26, 2020Near Miss on the Hebron Platform
Jun 19, 2020Unauthorized Discharge from the SeaRose FPSO
Jun 1, 2020Fire on Terra Nova FPSO
Apr 9, 2020C-NLOPB Response to COVID-19 – April 9 Update
Apr 9, 2020C-NLOPB Response to COVID-19 – March 24 Update
Mar 20, 2020March 17, 2020 Update: Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board Response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)