Husky Energy is set to resume operations at its SeaRose project off the coast of eastern Canada after receiving clearance from regulators.
Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has revoked the notice issued to Husky Energy company earlier this month to suspend operations for the SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel and associated facilities.
The notice was issued after it was adjudged that Husky Energy had failed to meet regulations relating to its ice management plan by not disconnecting the vessel and sailing away when an iceberg entered its quarter-mile exclusion zone in March 2017.
Husky Energy CEO Rob Peabody said: “We could have and should have responded differently according to the pre-existing plan, and have learned from this incident.
“We will apply these lessons and share the learnings broadly in the region and across the company. The safety of our people and the protection of the environment is our first priority and in this case we let ourselves down.”
In response to the incident and simultaneously with the C-NLOPB, Husky Energy carried out a review of its ice management and emergency response plans, in addition to implementing further improvements.
Under the emergency response plan, SeaRose FPSO must be disconnected if an iceberg enters the 0.25nm ice exclusion area.
Furthermore, Husky completed an emergency response drill, under the supervision of the C-NLOPB, industry partners and the offshore facilities certifying authority.
Before operations were suspended, the SeaRose FPSO was producing around 27,000bpd of oil.