CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Operations remain suspended at the SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel with all production wells secure after a period of extreme weather late last week.
Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) had shut in oil production at the White Rose field Thursday, November 15 due to operational safety concerns resulting from severe weather. A spill occurred on Friday, November 16. A shut-in subsea flowline is believed to be the source.
Husky has deployed a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to inspect the flowlines and confirm the source of the leak. Since the original spill, no additional oil has been detected at surface.
Observation flights and sea vessel sweeps conducted over the weekend are tracking the original spill and indicate the oil is dispersing. Husky, the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board and Canadian Coast Guard authorities continue to monitor the oil and impact on wildlife. A wildlife rehabilitation centre has been activated. Five oiled sea birds are confirmed.
The safety of personnel and the protection of the environment remain Husky’s number one priority.
Production from the SeaRose was shut in on November 15, 2018 and remains shut in. Production was approximately 20,000 barrels of oil per day (Husky working interest, before royalties).
Updates will be provided as available.