ExxonMobil has commenced production from the Hebron project situated roughly 350km off the shore of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.

The Hebron field was initially discovered in 1980 and is expected to produce up to 150,000 barrels of oil per day at its peak level.

Exxonmobil Development Company president Liam Mallon said: “The successful startup of the Hebron project demonstrates ExxonMobil’s disciplined project management expertise and highlights its ability to execute large-scale energy developments safely and responsibly in challenging operating conditions.”

"The successful startup of the Hebron project demonstrates ExxonMobil’s disciplined project management expertise and highlights its ability to execute large-scale energy developments safely and responsibly."

The field is estimated to contain more than 700 million barrels of recoverable resources.

The Hebron platform is located in water depths of about 300ft and comprises a stand-alone gravity-based structure, which supports an integrated topsides deck that includes a number of drilling and production facilities, as well as living quarters for personnel.

It features a storage capacity of approximately 1.2 million barrels of oil.

The project was started following an eight-year engineering, construction and startup phase.

The development created about 7,500 jobs at the peak of the construction phase. It also saw several vendors contracted throughout the build-up phase.

Mallon added: “The local and international contractors played a critical role in helping to complete the Hebron project ahead of schedule.

“By leveraging their expertise, we were able to bring this world-class platform online safely and successfully.”

ExxonMobil affiliate ExxonMobil Canada Properties is the operator of the Hebron field with a 35.5% equity stake.

Chevron Canada owns 29.6% interest and Suncor Energy holds 21% in the asset, while the remaining stake is owned by Statoil Canada and Nalcor Energy-Oil and Gas with 9% and 4.9% interest respectively.