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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

Erinn Locke qualifies for Nationals.

Erinn and her teammates went to the Coupe Quebec provincial championships last week and her and Lily Dubrowski made finals and earned a spot at the Canadian National Youth Bouldering Championships in Vancouver in February. This is the first time since 2008 that Newfoundland climbers have qualified for this event.You can help get these two across the country and represent Newfoundland and Labrador on the national competition climbing scene by donating to their Go Fund Me Pages!

Erinn’s page: https://www.gofundme.com/send-erinn-to-nationals-in-bc

Lily’s page: https://www.gofundme.com/lily-at-bouldering-nationals

 

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.

Erinn Locke wins Women’s Open at Bloc on the Rock

WELL!  We’re pretty proud of this girl. Erinn won the Woman’s Open division of the Newfoundland Bloc on The Rock climbing competition at Wallnuts Climbing Centre in St John’s this week.

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2016 Bloc on The Rock video!

Our video from the 2016 Bloc on The Rock climbing competition at Wallnuts Climbing Centre in St John’s, Newfoundland. This bouldering event kicked of the climbing competition season and is the first of two major provincial competitions in the province.

Harpist, Sarah Veber.

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One of my last shoots of the summer was with the talented young harpist, Sarah Veber from St Philip’s, Newfoundland. She studies music in Ottawa but will be returning to St John’s to play with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra for selected concerts this season beginning with the Nov 11 performance of Mozart’s Requiem at the NSO MASTERWORKS 2; HONOUR. REFLECT. REMEMBER at the historic Basilica of Saint John The Baptist. We photographed her in a meadow in her home town overlooking Conception Bay, Newfoundland.

Climbing with Erinn

Well, Fall is here and that means back in the gym for Erinn Locke to prepare for the 2016-17 competition climbing season. Along with teammates on the the Newfoundland junior climbing team, she will be competing in Newfoundland, Ontario and Quebec this year in hopes of qualifying for the Canadian national championships in the spring. It’s always a time of hope, goals, aspiration and anticipation for the season ahead. Check out her photo gallery!

Or follow her adventures on her FaceBook page, Erinn Locke Climbing or her Instagram feed. @erinn.locke

As with most amateur athletes the only thing holding them back is money. This is especially true for young athletes from Newfoundland where travel to train and compete in other parts of Canada can be prohibitively expensive.  If you are interesting in sponsoring some extremely talented young climbers who want to represent Newfoundland in the up and coming sport (which will be an Olympic sport in 2020!) please get in touch on the Team Webpage!

The Newfoundland Youth Climbing team is sanctioned and supported by the Newfoundland Section of the Alpine Club of Canada.

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.