In addition to turning 20, Hibernia also produced its billionth barrel of oil last year. Hibernia has provided jobs and economic growth to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. Here are five things you may not have known about this mainstay of the Atlantic offshore oil and natural gas industry:
- Hibernia is jointly owned by six different companies: ExxonMobil Canada (33.125%), Chevron Canada (26.875%), Suncor (20%), Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation (8.5%), Murphy Oil (6.5%), Statoil Canada (5%).
- The platform stands 224 metres high. That’s half the height of the New York Empire State building, and 33 metres taller than the Calgary Tower.
- At peak production, Hibernia can produce 220,000 barrels of oil a day.
- The platform sits atop an enormous gravity base structure (GBS) that sits on the ocean floor. The GBS is specially designed to withstand the impact of sea ice and icebergs, and can hold 1.3 million barrels of crude oil in its 85-metre high caisson.
- The word “Hibernia” is latin for “Ireland” and has been a commonly used name for ships plying the North Atlantic Ocean.
Learn more at www.hibernia.ca.