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Social and economic benefits of NL oil and natural gas

Study finds industry contributes 29.7% to Newfoundland and Labrador’s GDP while enabling local companies to grow, diversify.

A study on the socio-economic impact of the offshore petroleum industry in Newfoundland and Labrador was released on February 25, 2019. It found that from 2010 to 2017, industry had a major economic impact: responsible for 29.7% of the province’s GDP, 12.9% of all labour income, 10.8% of all retail sales, and 24,000 jobs.

The study noted other benefits including investments made in infrastructure, education and training, and research and development. The study focused on the upstream industry only. It was conducted by Stantec and funded by Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador (PRNL).

The report also highlighted how offshore petroleum activity supports local companies, enabling them to succeed in Newfoundland and Labrador and subsequently in other parts of the world.

“Our analysis shows, that the offshore petroleum industry continues to make a major contribution to Newfoundland and Labrador’s economic diversification and sustainability,” said Mark Shrimpton, leader of the Stantec study team, in a release.

“The interviews that we conducted with local companies showcase the ways in which their interactions with our offshore oil industry led them to develop new goods, services, expertise and business capabilities, which have allowed them to sell to the oil industry outside Newfoundland and Labrador, and to other industries locally, nationally and globally. This is a direct result of their growing core competencies born from offshore petroleum industry activity,” Shrimpton added.

"...interactions with our offshore oil industry led them to develop new goods, services, expertise and business capabilities, which have allowed them to sell to the oil industry outside Newfoundland and Labrador, and to other industries locally, nationally and globally."

Mark Shrimpton, Stantec

An example case study highlighted in the report is DF Barnes. Once a small machine, welding and fabrication shop for the marine sector, partnerships with the NL oil and natural gas industry have enabled the company to build, grow and expand. Today, it is an international supplier and has moved beyond oil and natural gas—including entering the fabrication business for the renewable energy sector.

Download the report here.