Incident Disclosure 2020

Unauthorized Discharge from the SeaRose FPSO

June 19, 2020

On Thursday, June 18, Husky Energy reported that approximately 1098 litres of an anti-microbial agent known as X-Cide 450 were inadvertently released in diluted form from the SeaRose FPSO earlier in the day. The SeaRose is located in the White Rose Field, approximately 350 kilometres to the southeast of St. John’s.

No affected wildlife have been observed to date. Monitoring from the SeaRose and the Skandi Vinland continue and the C-NLOPB is in close contact with Husky officials as well as government agencies, including Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

X-Cide 450 (Health Canada Registration Number 26965) is commonly used by the petroleum industry. It contains methanol and glutaraldehyde, an active ingredient that prevents the growth of sulphur-reducing bacteria during the injection of seawater into a petroleum reservoir. In this incident, Husky has reported that it was inadvertently released along with 1,916,000 litres of water that were intended for reservoir injection.

No workers were injured, all wells are in a safe state and production operations continue.

The C-NLOPB is actively following up on the incident with other agencies, and will carefully review Husky’s determination of causal factors, root causes, and learnings to ensure implementation of the required corrective measures. Decisions on possible regulatory enforcement action will follow in due course.

Media Contact:

Husky Energy
Colleen McConnell
Husky Energy Communications
(709) 724-3504
Colleen.McConnell@huskyenergy.com

C-NLOPB
Lesley Rideout
Communications Lead
(709) 725-2900
lrideout@cnlopb.ca


Incident Disclosures 2020

DateUpdate
June 26, 2020Near Miss on the Hebron Platform
June 19, 2020Unauthorized Discharge from the SeaRose FPSO
June 1, 2020Fire on Terra Nova FPSO
April 9, 2020C-NLOPB Response to COVID-19 – April 9 Update
April 9, 2020C-NLOPB Response to COVID-19 – March 24 Update
March 20, 2020March 17, 2020 Update: Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board Response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)