Plugging of Flowline and Recovery of Flowline Connector
For the past several weeks, C-NLOPB staff, along with officials from partner agencies, have been reviewing and discussing with Husky Energy various draft plans submitted for plugging of the flowline and recovery of the failed flowline connector at the South White Rose Extension Drill Centre. On January 28, Husky’s finalized plan was approved by the C-NLOPB. This approval was issued following review by the Environmental Emergencies Science Table chaired by staff of the National Environmental Emergencies Centre of Environment and Climate Change Canada on January 25.
The priority of the C-NLOPB has always been to ensure that Husky’s plan can be carried out safely, and in an environmentally responsible manner. The approved plan has the following mitigations:
The C-NLOPB continues its investigation into the mid-November incident.
Resumption of Production – Central Drill Centre
Flushing and leak testing of the flowlines in the Central Drill Centre (CDC) was successfully completed between January 17-20, following verification by the Certifying Authority. On January 29, the
C-NLOPB approved resumption of production operations from the CDC only, starting on January 30. As part of the C-NLOPB’s approval, Husky is to ensure that certain key elements of resuming production take place during daylight hours.
The CDC is on an independent loop to the SeaRose and does not feature the same type of flowline connector as the South White Rose Extension (SWRX) Drill Centre. It is not affected by the situation at the SWRX, where the mid-November spill occurred.
Husky will be making senior staff available to brief media on its plugging and retrieval plan, and its CDC production re-start procedure.
Husky Energy Communications
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