The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has released the final Enquiry Report into the March 29, 2017 Ice Incursion Incident of Husky Energy’s SeaRose Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel. The Board’s expectation is that all Operators reduce risks to levels that are as low as reasonably practicable and place the highest priority on worker safety and environmental protection. The C-NLOPB is satisfied that all findings from the Enquiry have been addressed, and are confident that safety and environmental protection will remain at the forefront of Husky’s operations going forward.
The Board’s Enquiry was thorough and detailed and conducted as per the Atlantic Accord Implementation Acts. Interim measures by the Board following the incident and subsequent to the preliminary Enquiry Report were undertaken to ensure the safety of offshore workers and the protection of the environment.
Along with the public issuance of a C-NLOPB Incident Bulletin on March 30, 2017, the C-NLOPB’s Chief Safety Officer (CSO) issued a Notice of Non-Compliance to Husky for failing to comply with its Ice Management Plan (IMP) and an Order to Comply on April 7, 2017. Husky submitted its Final Investigation Report into the incident on April 27, 2017. A formal Enquiry was launched by the C-NLOPB on May 9, 2017 and was conducted by C-NLOPB Safety and Environmental Compliance Officers.
Following Board approval of the preliminary Enquiry Report and the suspension of petroleum-related operations conducted by the SeaRose FPSO vessel on January 17, 2018, findings from the preliminary report were shared with Husky, as the Board wanted to ensure concerns with Husky’s management system were addressed prior to the 2018 ice season. Once the CSO and Chief Conservation Officer (CCO) were satisfied that Husky had addressed the preliminary findings, the suspension was withdrawn on January 26, 2018.
The findings and contributing factors of the final Enquiry Report released today are the same as those in the C-NLOPB’s preliminary report:
Summary of Findings
All Contributing Factors identified to Husky in the preliminary Enquiry Report were addressed to the satisfaction of the CSO and CCO, enabling the withdrawal of Husky’s suspension.
Actions taken by Husky in response to the Principal Findings of both reports included:
In addition to its Notice of Non-Compliance, Order to Comply, Enquiry and the January 2018 suspension of petroleum-related activities onboard the SeaRose FPSO, actions taken by the C-NLOPB included:
Production During a Controlled Shutdown
As part of the January 2018 suspension of petroleum-related activities onboard the SeaRose FPSO, a controlled shutdown of production was undertaken. In the interest of transparency and the public interest, Husky’s daily production and certified monthly production numbers from the date Husky was ordered to suspend the SeaRose‘s petroleum-related operations (January 17, 2018) until three days after the suspension was lifted (January 29, 2018) are now available at the above link. This table shows production gradually decreasing and coming to a full-stop in accordance with Husky’s suspension plan, approved by the Board. Once the C-NLOPB was satisfied with Husky’s response to the preliminary findings, production resumed as of January 29, 2018.
Proper regulatory oversight of production activities requires the daily monitoring of computer generated metering systems that measure well information, and allows the Operator and C-NLOPB the ability to effectively manage the resource. Each well is required under regulation to be tested and certified monthly for each Field. Monthly certified production reports are available on the Board’s website.
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