News Releases 2010

C-NLOPB Releases 2009-10 Annual Report

For Immediate Release
August 30, 2010

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
(C-NLOPB) released its Annual Report today for the fiscal year 2009-10, ending on March 31, 2010. This report is available in both English and French.

The C-NLOPB Annual Report includes highlights from the areas of Safety, Environmental Protection, Resource Management, Exploration, Land Rights Issuance and Industrial Benefits.

2009-10 was a very busy year for the C-NLOPB, particularly in the areas of safety and environmental protection. The Board established the Inquiry into Matters Respecting Helicopter Passenger Safety for Workers in the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area. Board staff appeared twice before the Commissioner and responded to the information needs of the Commissioner throughout the process.

This year, the C-NLOPB is chair of the 2010 International Offshore Safety Conference to be held in Vancouver, B.C., from October 17-21, 2010. The Conference is organized by the International Regulators Forum (IRF), which is a group of offshore safety regulators from eight nations.

The C-NLOPB completed the Southern Newfoundland and Labrador Strategic Environmental Assessment.

The C-NLOPB has been working to provide more information to the public through its website. This year, the C-NLOPB was able to provide a large volume of Environmental Project Reports and Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) Reports on its website. Efforts are on-going to make more information electronically available.

Successful bids were received on all four parcels offered in the 2009 Calls for Bids, totaling $47,000,211. This was the first time a call for bids was held in the Laurentian Subbasin.

Hibernia Management and Development Company’s (HMDC) Development Plan application for the AA Block was approved in 2009. The AA Block is estimated to contain 48 million barrels of oil.

Construction began on the expansion of the Core Storage and Research Centre (CSRC) to accommodate the growing volume of well material from the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area.

Statoil Canada was issued a significant discovery licence, SDL 1047, effective February 22, 2010.

During 2009, expenditures related to work in the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area amounted to $2.15 billion, directly accounting for 40% of the province’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

As of December 31, 2009, 3,518 persons were working in direct support of petroleum related activity in the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area, which was almost 1.6% of total employment in the province.

Further information on the C-NLOPB and a copy of the Annual Report for 2009-10 is available from the Board’s website at or by e-mailing a request to

Media Contact:
Sean Kelly M.A., APR, FCPRS
Manager of Public Relations
(709) 778-1418
(709) 689-0713 (cell)

News Releases 2010

2010, Dec 13Implementation Strategy for the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry Phase I Report Recommendations
2010, Dec 2C-NLOPB Releases Results for 2010 Calls for Bids NL10-02 and NL10-03
2010, Nov 25H2S Levels on SeaRose FPSO
2010, Nov 19C-NLOPB Releases Results for 2010 Call for Bids NL10-01
2010, Nov 17C-NLOPB Releases Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry Report, Phase I
2010, Nov 1C-NLOPB to Release Inquiry Report upon Receipt
2010, Oct 29C-NLOPB Announces New Reserve Estimate for the Hibernia Field
2010, Oct 12Hibernia Amendment Application Approved
2010, Oct 7C-NLOPB Amends Terms of Reference for Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry to Clarify the Scope of Phase II of the Inquiry
2010, Oct 4C-NLOPB Approves Corridor Resources Geohazard Survey Program
2010, Sep 9International Regulators’ Forum Global Offshore Safety
2010, Sep 82010 Call for Nominations
2010, Aug 30C-NLOPB Releases 2009-10 Annual Report
2010, Aug 2White Rose Development Plan Amendment, West White Rose Pilot Scheme Approved
2010, Jul 22C-NLOPB Makes Operator Oil Spill Response Plans Available
2010, Jul 6C-NLOPB Announces Calls for Bids (Flemish Pass/Central Ridge)
2010, Jun 16Draft Comprehensive Study Report for the Hebron Development Project
2010, May 20C-NLOPB Announces Special Oversight Measures for Orphan Basin Drilling Program
2010, Apr 30Opportunity for Public Comment Hibernia Development Plan Amendment Application (Hibernia Southern Extension)
2010, Apr 30Opportunity for Public Comment Hibernia Development Plan Amendment Application (Hibernia Southern Extension)
2010, Apr 30Preface: Opportunity for Public Comment Hibernia Development Plan Amendment Application (Hibernia Southern Extension)
2010, Apr 30Hibernia Development Plan Amendment Application (Hibernia South Extension) Comments
2010, Apr 20C-NLOPB Announces 2010 Call for Bids
2010, Apr 12Status of Improved Operators’ First Response Search and Rescue
2010, Feb 22Strategic Environmental Assessment Completed for Southern Newfoundland Offshore Area
2010, Feb 12C-NLOPB Advises Operators of Changes to Search and Rescue Practices
2010, Feb 11Commission of Inquiry Terms of Reference Extended