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Hebron rig prepares for tow out.

The Hebron offshore oil production platform lays in Bull Arm, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland awaiting tow out to the Hebron oil field after construction in the nearby shipyard.

The Hebron oil field is located on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland about 350km south of St. John’s near three other oil producing fields at Hibernia, White Rose and Terra Nova. The tow out comes 20 years to the week that the Hibernia platform was launched out of the same yard to kick off Newfoundland’s oil boom.

The Hebron field was discovered in the 1980s by Chevron and will be operated by a consortium (Chevron, Statoil, Suncor, Nalcor) led by ExxonMobil. It holds an estimated 700 billion barrels of oil but like the three other projects it will most likely yield much more once production begins and advanced drilling techniques explores the reservoir further.

The Newfoundland government has an ownership stake through it’s energy crown corporation NALCOR and expects to make $10 billion over the life of the project.

The rig cost an estimated $14 billion to construct. It is capable of pumping 150,000 barrels per day. First oil is expected by the end of 2017.

Other Newfoundland offshore oil production installations…

Hibernia: Exploration drilling began in the 1960s in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland in the north west Atlantic off the east coast of Canada. The drilling of well Hibernia P-51 in 1979 confirmed that there was viable oil reserves deep under the ocean. It would be nearly 20 more years for the deals to be made that would see the construction of a massive concrete production platform and the oil and money to flow as the first offshore oil production in Canada.  The Hibernia offshore oil field is owned jointly by ExxonMobil Canada (33.125%), Chevron Canada Resources (26.875%), Suncor (20%), Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation (8.5%), Murphy Oil (6.5%) and StatoilHydro Canada Ltd (5%).

 

The Terra Nova oil field (above) was discovered and developed by Canada’s state own oil company, Petro Canada. Discovered in 1984, the oil field was the second to be developed on the Grand Banks offshore Newfoundland. Production from the field began in 2002. Petro Canada was later privatized and purchased by Suncor Energy. Terra Nova utilizes a floating production platform instead of the concrete gravity based structure of Hibernia or Hebron. Partners in the project are Suncor, ExxonMobil, Statoil, Husky Energy, Murphy oil, Mosbacher and Chevron.

 

White Rose (above) is the third offshore oil field to be developed offshore Newfoundland. Discovered in 1984 and developed by Husky Energy it is the smallest of the four producing fields with Husky as the major share holder and Suncor Energy with a 27 percent stake. It also usesa floating production platform name the Sea Rose.

Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose have all produced more oil that originally projected and have all more than recovered their development and exploration cost which make them very cost effective to operate and expand for their owners. All are undergoing expansion projects to further extend the lives of their respective projects well past their original life expectancy. Hebron is starting out even larger than the three previous projects with a 30 year life expectancy.

I have been covering the offshore oil industry as a journalist and photographer since the early and heady exploration days of the late 1970s. Its been a fascinating and great learning experience to see an entire industry evolve and develop in the political and economic microcosm that is Newfoundland.  …greg locke

© 2017 Greg Locke. All rights reserved.

 

The editorial business portrait

This is the stock and trade of the daily photography done by professional photographers. Sometime its for a company newsletter or announcement or the rare air of a corporate annual report but a lot is done for the business magazines. Dave Bennett and James Reid are a couple of smart lawyers who brokered a major merger of power companies in Canada and the USA for Fortis. Inc. It earned them the cover of  ThompsonReuters Lexpert Magazine. We made shot overlooking the harbour at St John’s, Newfoundland.  © 2017 Greg Locke

A Class Act….

Happy to see this book finally on the shelves. With A Class Act. An Illustrated History of The Labour Movement in Newfoundland and Labrador, Journalist, Bill Gillispie revisits the history of Newfoundland’s strong labour movement and its evolution from fish and forestry workers to the modern oil industry and white collar government workers. Gillespie and I spent much time digging though my photo archive from the 80s and 90s of news events and my work with workers in Newfoundland and Labrador since 1979. This book is available through Boulder Publications.

Bishop Michael Fleming

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Congratulations to actor and playwright, Paul Rowe, on a successful season bringing Bishop Michael Fleming back to life during performances and guided tour of the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist in St John’s, Newfoundland this summer. Fleming made the building of the Basilica his life’s work. The national historic site and iconic landmark in the Newfoundland capital is one of those epic tales of human perseverance and will that leaves its mark in history. Check out the Basilica history for yourself!

Sound Symposium 2016

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Finally catching up in this summer’s work. Check out our photo gallery from this year’s Sound Symposium XVIII, international festival of new music and sound art. A wonderful 10 day adventure in music, performance, sound art and acoustic wonders and aural delights! I got invited to shoot Sound Symposium in 1992 and I’ve been doing it ever since.

I killed my phone

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Dear Sony,

Sorry about the phone. It was awesome. Love at first sight and a great companion documenting my travels and adventures this year. It was truly the best mobile I’ve ever owned. From the surfing beaches of Tofino in the west to the most eastern point in North America at Cape Spear, Newfoundland. The urban jungles of Toronto and Vancouver to the mountains of Jamaica. Even rock climbing in Flatrock and Squamish. Sadly, my lovely Xperia Z5 met its doom in the badlands of southern Alberta. I let it slip from my hands. It gave its life while on a cross Canada assignment with me making great photos. Something in which it excelled. “Your story never looked so good”, says your ad campaign. It was true. But, sadly, no more.

My Instagram and FaceBook pages will never be the same.

Because the sd card was full I may never see its last photos. It was saving to internal memory. Amazingly, it still turns on but without a touch screen I can no longer unlock it or get it to connect to a computer to recover the photos.

As a professional photographer, this is the greatest pain one can feel.

Sincerely,

Greg

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MUMMERS!

MummersParade-2015_GSL-5252-WEBOn George Street, St John’s, Newfoundland for the 2015 Mummers Festival. Lots more photos on their Flickr Photostream. © 2015 GREG LOCKE

Working with Marg!

marg-F&O_GREGLOCKE-3714Such a great pleasure with work with Mary Walsh and her small guerrilla team on the Marg Brings Change campaign during the 2015 election. You can check out all the videos, memes and posters at margbringschange.ca. …and MARG!, Princess Warrior, didn’t have to smite anyone. Although the Canadian voter certainly smited Stephen Harper and the Conservative party. Canada now returns to regular programming.

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Returning to rural Newfoundland

FAO-WWF-Canada_BaydeVerde-NL_GREGLOCKE-1647Fishermen look for cod fish in the waters near Port de Grave, Conception Bay, Newfoundland. 
© 2015 Greg Locke

Its was nice to return to some old school documentary photography work this summer. I spent a lot of time travelling around Newfoundland, revisiting many of the places I visited as a photojournalist many years ago resulting in the book with Michael Crummey, NEWFOUNDLAND …journey into a lost nation.

Once again, travelling light with two cameras, two lenses and no lights, looking for those little flashes of humanity that tell the stories of a culture and society.

I was surprised and happy to see that the old ways are still out there despite the destroyed fishery, the exodus of people for rural Newfoundland and the “Disneyfication” of culture that comes with an influx of tourism. Sadly, there are so few public outlets for this type of work anymore. The demise of the big news, current affairs and geographical magazines and newspapers mean these stories go untold. Thankfully there are a few dedicated online publication who do still produce good journalism and current affairs. One of those is Facts & Opinions.  This story of rural Newfoundland and more photos can be found on their website. Do check out the story, Life Goes on in Rural Newfoundland.

NSO Project photos updated

NSO violist Chantelle Jubenville in a field of Fireweed at Sugar Loaf, Newfoundland. Photo by Greg Locke © 2014

NSO violist Chantelle Jubenville in a field of Fireweed at Sugar Loaf, Newfoundland. Photo by Greg Locke © 2014

We have just updated our NSO Project photo galleries adding our images from 2014. Looking forward to what 2015 brings for the musicians of Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.

NSO PROJECT – The Portraits
NSO PROJECT – Backstage Pass

You can also visit the NSO’s new website at nsomusic.ca for the 2015 concert schedule and information.