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News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: www.topix.com

The Skagerrak takes part in the installation of the first Maritime Link subsea cable between Cape Ray, Newfoundland, and Point Aconi, Nova Scotia as shown in this undated handout image. The 170-kilometre cable is a key part of the $1.6-billion Maritime Link project, which will enable Newfoundland and Labrador's Nalcor Energy to provide privately owned Nova Scotia Power Inc. with renewable energy from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador.


News Article | May 29, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

CALGARY, Alberta, May 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Husky Energy is moving forward with the West White Rose Project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. The Company and its partners will use a fixed wellhead platform tied back to the SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The platform, which has received regulatory approval, will enable the Company to maximize resource recovery.                                                                                  First oil is expected in 2022 and the project is anticipated to achieve a gross peak production rate of approximately 75,000 barrels per day (bbls/day) in 2025, as development wells are drilled and brought online. “Over the years the Atlantic business has provided some of the strongest returns in the Company’s portfolio and West White Rose is the next chapter,” said CEO Rob Peabody.  “This project is of a scale approaching the original White Rose development and is able to use the existing SeaRose FPSO to process and export production. “We’ve made significant improvements to the project since it was first considered for sanction, including identifying numerous cost savings, achieving a 30 percent improvement in capital efficiency and increasing the expected peak production rate by 40 percent over our initial estimate,” added Peabody. “Moving forward with this project is a significant milestone for Husky, while creating jobs, royalties and other benefits for Newfoundland and Labrador.” With the tie-back to the SeaRose, incremental operating costs are expected to be less than $3 per barrel over the first 10 years, further driving down overall operating costs per barrel for the entire White Rose field as the project ramps up. Husky has a working interest of approximately 70 percent. Project partners are Suncor Energy and Nalcor Energy – Oil and Gas. A purpose-built graving dock at Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador was completed in 2015 to enable construction of the concrete gravity structure. Construction will commence in the fourth quarter of 2017. Following construction, the concrete gravity structure will be towed to the White Rose field where the platform’s topsides will be installed before connection to the SeaRose via existing subsea infrastructure. A series of discoveries and satellite developments in the White Rose production area has improved the longevity of the original field since its discovery in 1984. The latest has been made at Northwest White Rose. The White Rose A-78 well was drilled approximately 11 kilometres northwest of the SeaRose FPSO in the first quarter of 2017 and delineated a light oil column of more than 100 metres. The discovery continues to be assessed. Husky has a 93.2 percent ownership interest. A potential development could leverage the SeaRose, existing subsea infrastructure and the new West White Rose wellhead platform.                                     ATLANTIC OPERATIONS AT A GLANCE Husky Energy is a Canadian-based integrated energy company. It is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and its common shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HSE. More information is available at www.huskyenergy.com Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking statements and information (collectively “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are forward-looking and not historical facts. In particular, forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, references to:  the expected timing of first oil; anticipated gross peak production rate; total and net project cost; expected incremental operating costs; the expected timing of commencement of platform construction; expectations regarding the creation of permanent platform jobs at West White Rose once operational; the expected use and lifespan of the platform; the potential to use SeaRose and leverage infrastructure at the new platform; and the expected timing that a third production well will be brought online at White Rose. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected by the forward-looking statements presented in this news release are reasonable, the Company’s forward-looking statements have been based on assumptions and factors concerning future events that may prove to be inaccurate.  Those assumptions and factors are based on information currently available to the Company about itself and the businesses in which it operates. Information used in developing forward-looking statements has been acquired from various sources, including third party consultants, suppliers and regulators, among others. Because actual results or outcomes could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements, investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements.  By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, which contribute to the possibility that the predicted outcomes will not occur.  Some of these risks, uncertainties and other factors are similar to those faced by other oil and gas companies and some are unique to the Company. The Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other documents filed with securities regulatory authorities (accessible through the SEDAR website www.sedar.com and the EDGAR website www.sec.gov) describe risks, material assumptions and other factors that could influence actual results and are incorporated herein by reference. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all of such factors and to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on the Company’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.  The impact of any one factor on a particular forward-looking statement is not determinable with certainty as such factors are dependent upon other factors, and the Company's course of action would depend upon management’s assessment of the future considering all information available to it at the relevant time.  Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made and, except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Unless otherwise indicated projected and historical production volumes provided represent the Company’s working interest share before royalties. All currency is expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.


News Article | May 29, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

CALGARY, Alberta, May 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Husky Energy is moving forward with the West White Rose Project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. The Company and its partners will use a fixed wellhead platform tied back to the SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The platform, which has received regulatory approval, will enable the Company to maximize resource recovery.                                                                                  First oil is expected in 2022 and the project is anticipated to achieve a gross peak production rate of approximately 75,000 barrels per day (bbls/day) in 2025, as development wells are drilled and brought online. “Over the years the Atlantic business has provided some of the strongest returns in the Company’s portfolio and West White Rose is the next chapter,” said CEO Rob Peabody.  “This project is of a scale approaching the original White Rose development and is able to use the existing SeaRose FPSO to process and export production. “We’ve made significant improvements to the project since it was first considered for sanction, including identifying numerous cost savings, achieving a 30 percent improvement in capital efficiency and increasing the expected peak production rate by 40 percent over our initial estimate,” added Peabody. “Moving forward with this project is a significant milestone for Husky, while creating jobs, royalties and other benefits for Newfoundland and Labrador.” With the tie-back to the SeaRose, incremental operating costs are expected to be less than $3 per barrel over the first 10 years, further driving down overall operating costs per barrel for the entire White Rose field as the project ramps up. Husky has a working interest of approximately 70 percent. Project partners are Suncor Energy and Nalcor Energy – Oil and Gas. A purpose-built graving dock at Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador was completed in 2015 to enable construction of the concrete gravity structure. Construction will commence in the fourth quarter of 2017. Following construction, the concrete gravity structure will be towed to the White Rose field where the platform’s topsides will be installed before connection to the SeaRose via existing subsea infrastructure. A series of discoveries and satellite developments in the White Rose production area has improved the longevity of the original field since its discovery in 1984. The latest has been made at Northwest White Rose. The White Rose A-78 well was drilled approximately 11 kilometres northwest of the SeaRose FPSO in the first quarter of 2017 and delineated a light oil column of more than 100 metres. The discovery continues to be assessed. Husky has a 93.2 percent ownership interest. A potential development could leverage the SeaRose, existing subsea infrastructure and the new West White Rose wellhead platform.                                     ATLANTIC OPERATIONS AT A GLANCE Husky Energy is a Canadian-based integrated energy company. It is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and its common shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HSE. More information is available at www.huskyenergy.com Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking statements and information (collectively “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are forward-looking and not historical facts. In particular, forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, references to:  the expected timing of first oil; anticipated gross peak production rate; total and net project cost; expected incremental operating costs; the expected timing of commencement of platform construction; expectations regarding the creation of permanent platform jobs at West White Rose once operational; the expected use and lifespan of the platform; the potential to use SeaRose and leverage infrastructure at the new platform; and the expected timing that a third production well will be brought online at White Rose. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected by the forward-looking statements presented in this news release are reasonable, the Company’s forward-looking statements have been based on assumptions and factors concerning future events that may prove to be inaccurate.  Those assumptions and factors are based on information currently available to the Company about itself and the businesses in which it operates. Information used in developing forward-looking statements has been acquired from various sources, including third party consultants, suppliers and regulators, among others. Because actual results or outcomes could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements, investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements.  By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, which contribute to the possibility that the predicted outcomes will not occur.  Some of these risks, uncertainties and other factors are similar to those faced by other oil and gas companies and some are unique to the Company. The Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other documents filed with securities regulatory authorities (accessible through the SEDAR website www.sedar.com and the EDGAR website www.sec.gov) describe risks, material assumptions and other factors that could influence actual results and are incorporated herein by reference. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all of such factors and to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on the Company’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.  The impact of any one factor on a particular forward-looking statement is not determinable with certainty as such factors are dependent upon other factors, and the Company's course of action would depend upon management’s assessment of the future considering all information available to it at the relevant time.  Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made and, except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Unless otherwise indicated projected and historical production volumes provided represent the Company’s working interest share before royalties. All currency is expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.


News Article | May 29, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

CALGARY, Alberta, May 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Husky Energy is moving forward with the West White Rose Project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. The Company and its partners will use a fixed wellhead platform tied back to the SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The platform, which has received regulatory approval, will enable the Company to maximize resource recovery.                                                                                  First oil is expected in 2022 and the project is anticipated to achieve a gross peak production rate of approximately 75,000 barrels per day (bbls/day) in 2025, as development wells are drilled and brought online. “Over the years the Atlantic business has provided some of the strongest returns in the Company’s portfolio and West White Rose is the next chapter,” said CEO Rob Peabody.  “This project is of a scale approaching the original White Rose development and is able to use the existing SeaRose FPSO to process and export production. “We’ve made significant improvements to the project since it was first considered for sanction, including identifying numerous cost savings, achieving a 30 percent improvement in capital efficiency and increasing the expected peak production rate by 40 percent over our initial estimate,” added Peabody. “Moving forward with this project is a significant milestone for Husky, while creating jobs, royalties and other benefits for Newfoundland and Labrador.” With the tie-back to the SeaRose, incremental operating costs are expected to be less than $3 per barrel over the first 10 years, further driving down overall operating costs per barrel for the entire White Rose field as the project ramps up. Husky has a working interest of approximately 70 percent. Project partners are Suncor Energy and Nalcor Energy – Oil and Gas. A purpose-built graving dock at Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador was completed in 2015 to enable construction of the concrete gravity structure. Construction will commence in the fourth quarter of 2017. Following construction, the concrete gravity structure will be towed to the White Rose field where the platform’s topsides will be installed before connection to the SeaRose via existing subsea infrastructure. A series of discoveries and satellite developments in the White Rose production area has improved the longevity of the original field since its discovery in 1984. The latest has been made at Northwest White Rose. The White Rose A-78 well was drilled approximately 11 kilometres northwest of the SeaRose FPSO in the first quarter of 2017 and delineated a light oil column of more than 100 metres. The discovery continues to be assessed. Husky has a 93.2 percent ownership interest. A potential development could leverage the SeaRose, existing subsea infrastructure and the new West White Rose wellhead platform.                                     ATLANTIC OPERATIONS AT A GLANCE Husky Energy is a Canadian-based integrated energy company. It is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and its common shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HSE. More information is available at www.huskyenergy.com Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking statements and information (collectively “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are forward-looking and not historical facts. In particular, forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, references to:  the expected timing of first oil; anticipated gross peak production rate; total and net project cost; expected incremental operating costs; the expected timing of commencement of platform construction; expectations regarding the creation of permanent platform jobs at West White Rose once operational; the expected use and lifespan of the platform; the potential to use SeaRose and leverage infrastructure at the new platform; and the expected timing that a third production well will be brought online at White Rose. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected by the forward-looking statements presented in this news release are reasonable, the Company’s forward-looking statements have been based on assumptions and factors concerning future events that may prove to be inaccurate.  Those assumptions and factors are based on information currently available to the Company about itself and the businesses in which it operates. Information used in developing forward-looking statements has been acquired from various sources, including third party consultants, suppliers and regulators, among others. Because actual results or outcomes could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements, investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements.  By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, which contribute to the possibility that the predicted outcomes will not occur.  Some of these risks, uncertainties and other factors are similar to those faced by other oil and gas companies and some are unique to the Company. The Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other documents filed with securities regulatory authorities (accessible through the SEDAR website www.sedar.com and the EDGAR website www.sec.gov) describe risks, material assumptions and other factors that could influence actual results and are incorporated herein by reference. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all of such factors and to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on the Company’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.  The impact of any one factor on a particular forward-looking statement is not determinable with certainty as such factors are dependent upon other factors, and the Company's course of action would depend upon management’s assessment of the future considering all information available to it at the relevant time.  Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made and, except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Unless otherwise indicated projected and historical production volumes provided represent the Company’s working interest share before royalties. All currency is expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.


News Article | May 29, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

CALGARY, Alberta, May 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Husky Energy is moving forward with the West White Rose Project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. The Company and its partners will use a fixed wellhead platform tied back to the SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The platform, which has received regulatory approval, will enable the Company to maximize resource recovery.                                                                                  First oil is expected in 2022 and the project is anticipated to achieve a gross peak production rate of approximately 75,000 barrels per day (bbls/day) in 2025, as development wells are drilled and brought online. “Over the years the Atlantic business has provided some of the strongest returns in the Company’s portfolio and West White Rose is the next chapter,” said CEO Rob Peabody.  “This project is of a scale approaching the original White Rose development and is able to use the existing SeaRose FPSO to process and export production. “We’ve made significant improvements to the project since it was first considered for sanction, including identifying numerous cost savings, achieving a 30 percent improvement in capital efficiency and increasing the expected peak production rate by 40 percent over our initial estimate,” added Peabody. “Moving forward with this project is a significant milestone for Husky, while creating jobs, royalties and other benefits for Newfoundland and Labrador.” With the tie-back to the SeaRose, incremental operating costs are expected to be less than $3 per barrel over the first 10 years, further driving down overall operating costs per barrel for the entire White Rose field as the project ramps up. Husky has a working interest of approximately 70 percent. Project partners are Suncor Energy and Nalcor Energy – Oil and Gas. A purpose-built graving dock at Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador was completed in 2015 to enable construction of the concrete gravity structure. Construction will commence in the fourth quarter of 2017. Following construction, the concrete gravity structure will be towed to the White Rose field where the platform’s topsides will be installed before connection to the SeaRose via existing subsea infrastructure. A series of discoveries and satellite developments in the White Rose production area has improved the longevity of the original field since its discovery in 1984. The latest has been made at Northwest White Rose. The White Rose A-78 well was drilled approximately 11 kilometres northwest of the SeaRose FPSO in the first quarter of 2017 and delineated a light oil column of more than 100 metres. The discovery continues to be assessed. Husky has a 93.2 percent ownership interest. A potential development could leverage the SeaRose, existing subsea infrastructure and the new West White Rose wellhead platform.                                     ATLANTIC OPERATIONS AT A GLANCE Husky Energy is a Canadian-based integrated energy company. It is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and its common shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HSE. More information is available at www.huskyenergy.com Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking statements and information (collectively “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are forward-looking and not historical facts. In particular, forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, references to:  the expected timing of first oil; anticipated gross peak production rate; total and net project cost; expected incremental operating costs; the expected timing of commencement of platform construction; expectations regarding the creation of permanent platform jobs at West White Rose once operational; the expected use and lifespan of the platform; the potential to use SeaRose and leverage infrastructure at the new platform; and the expected timing that a third production well will be brought online at White Rose. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected by the forward-looking statements presented in this news release are reasonable, the Company’s forward-looking statements have been based on assumptions and factors concerning future events that may prove to be inaccurate.  Those assumptions and factors are based on information currently available to the Company about itself and the businesses in which it operates. Information used in developing forward-looking statements has been acquired from various sources, including third party consultants, suppliers and regulators, among others. Because actual results or outcomes could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements, investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements.  By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, which contribute to the possibility that the predicted outcomes will not occur.  Some of these risks, uncertainties and other factors are similar to those faced by other oil and gas companies and some are unique to the Company. The Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other documents filed with securities regulatory authorities (accessible through the SEDAR website www.sedar.com and the EDGAR website www.sec.gov) describe risks, material assumptions and other factors that could influence actual results and are incorporated herein by reference. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all of such factors and to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on the Company’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.  The impact of any one factor on a particular forward-looking statement is not determinable with certainty as such factors are dependent upon other factors, and the Company's course of action would depend upon management’s assessment of the future considering all information available to it at the relevant time.  Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made and, except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Unless otherwise indicated projected and historical production volumes provided represent the Company’s working interest share before royalties. All currency is expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.


Khan N.,Nalcor Energy | Smith J.,Schlumberger | Hinchey M.,Memorial University of Newfoundland
Journal of Ocean Technology | Year: 2013

In earlier work, we tested the Savonius rotor as a water current turbine. Here we explore the possibility of studying the behaviour of the rotor using the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software package FLOW 3D. The paper shows that CFD can predict the basic behaviour of the rotor as seen in the experiment. This result is important because running CFD takes much less time and is much less expensive than running experiments. So we can now use CFD to optimize the geometry and explore strategies for control.


Coles C.A.,Memorial University of Newfoundland | Arisi J.A.,Edmonton | Organ M.,Nalcor Energy | Veinott G.I.,Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Applied and Environmental Soil Science | Year: 2014

Concentrations of Cu, Cr, and As in soils surrounding 26 Douglas Fir Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) treated utility poles and in rainwater runoff from a new CCA treated utility pole segment (log) suspended outside in a cylinder were studied. The age of the utility poles, distances from the poles, rainfall amounts, and characteristics of soil samples including cation exchange capacity (CEC), pH, and total organic carbon (TOC) were considered. Heavier rainfall, damp conditions, and more weathered poles contributed to the greatest leaching of Cu, Cr, and As. The maximum measured soil concentrations of Cu, Cr, and As were 37.5, 65.5, and 38.9 mmol/kg and maximum Cu, Cr, and As concentrations in rainwater run-off were 14, 77.7 and 55.8 μmol/L. Metal concentrations decreased with distance from the poles and, except at one utility pole location, Cu was the most leached of the three elements. The As appeared to have greater mobility in the soil than the Cr. Along the transmission line nearest the coast and from which the greatest amount of samples was collected, soil CEC and TOC values were the highest and the CEC and TOC were directly and strongly correlated. © 2014 Cynthia A. Coles et al.


News Article | April 20, 2016
Site: motherboard.vice.com

It’s a tale as old as time: energy company proposes big project, energy company says it will have no effects on the local population, local population says it’ll actually poison their land, and their people, for decades. Classic! The energy company in question here is Nalcor Energy, and the project is the multi-billion dollar Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam in Labrador, Newfoundland, which got the green light from the provincial government in 2012. Flooding the reservoir to build the dam will release toxic methylmercury into the area around nearby Lake Melville, but Nalcor argues that it will be diluted enough to have no effect on the local Inuit population. But a new study, commissioned by the aboriginal Nunatsiavut Government and completed by scientists from Memorial University, Harvard, and the University of Manitoba, says that the toxic mercury released during the dam’s construction will have highly detrimental effects on the area’s wildlife and the aboriginal people who live off of it. More than 200 individuals (and their children and grandchildren) could be affected by the toxic mercury, the study’s authors concluded. Additionally, 66 percent of the community in nearby Rigolet will be pushed above acceptable mercury levels, per the most conservative US Environmental Protection Agency guidelines, according to the report. Nalcor’s more positive assessment of the dam’s effects was ”false and based on incorrect assumptions,” a summary of the study for policymakers states. “The findings from epidemiological studies show that [mercury] is associated with lifelong neurocognitive deficits,” Harvard epidemiologist and study co-author Elsie Sunderland told me. “This isn’t something that you would see visibly. It’s basically a direct impact on their brain development, so they wouldn’t realize the potential they would have without this kind of exposure.” One of the main indicators of this kind of mercury exposure is children with lowered IQs, Sunderland said. Gilbert Bennett, vice-president of the Nalcor project that oversees the Muskrat Falls dam, said in a prepared statement sent to Motherboard that "we do not predict that creation of the Muskrat Falls reservoir will heighten risk to people in Lake Melville." “We will carefully review the assumptions, approaches, parameters and outcomes of the study by Nunatsiavut Government, and any implications of the report on the project’s ongoing environmental effects monitoring programs,” the statement reads. A spokesperson for Newfoundland and Labrador's minister of environment and conservation Perry Trimper said the minister has yet to make a decision on the environmental impacts of the Muskrat Falls project, and will take the recent study's findings into consideration. Watch more from Motherboard: Oil and Water According to Sunderland, contamination of the region would take just 120 hours, and the effects would persist for decades. “We are looking at multiple generations of exposure to higher levels of methylmercury,” Sunderland said. So, how did Nalcor not catch this, if these findings are right? According to Sunderland, Nalcor simply did not take the needed measurements, and instead just assumed that the mercury would be diluted. If Nalcor had done the work, they would have seen that this is flatly untrue, she contended. “I don’t see this as a difference in opinion, or a difference in findings,” said Sunderland. “That’s a misrepresentation, because they didn’t have any findings. They didn’t study the physical characteristics of the estuary.” Nalcor declined to comment directly on this allegation. To offset the impacts of releasing methylmercury into the environment, the researchers suggest completely clearing the area of trees, vegetation, and topsoil. Even then, however, the report suggests around 30 Inuit people will be negatively affected by the high levels of mercury. “Removal of soil from the reservoir was not considered during the environmental assessment and therefore is not part of our construction plans,” Bennett said in his statement. The flooding of the reservoir to build the Muskrat Falls dam is scheduled to take place later this year, and the dam is set to be constructed by 2017.


News Article | October 27, 2016
Site: www.sej.org

"Work is set to resume at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric site after the Newfoundland and Labrador government reached a deal with indigenous leaders that will add more delays to the controversial megaproject. Provincially owned Nalcor Energy used buses to remove protesters who had stormed the site last week and was bringing back about 1,000 employees to complete the work needed to protect the site’s infrastructure over the winter. Under the agreement, leaders from three indigenous communities will review engineering reports with the assistance of outside experts in order to be satisfied with Nalcor’s rationale to begin partial flooding. The utility says it needs higher water levels to protect the site from ice damage." Shawn McCarthy reports for the Toronto Globe and Mail October 26, 2016. "Battle Over Muskrat Falls: What You Need To Know" (CBC News)


Wright R.J.W.,Nalcor Energy | Atkinson I.M.,Nalcor Energy | Carter J.E.C.,Nalcor Energy
2nd EAGE/SBGf Workshop 2014 - Broadband Seismic: From Theory to Real Examples and the Road Ahead | Year: 2014

A large-scale long offset broadband 2D seismic program has been acquired in the slope and deepwater regions of offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The survey was planned integrating well ties from the shelf, regional gravity data, and newly acquired satellite slick data to assess the hydrocarbon potential of under-/un-explored slope and deepwater areas. To accomplish the survey, Nalcor Energy, the state energy company of Newfoundland and Labardor, invested and partnered with TGS and PGS in the long offset GeoStreamer® seismic survey spanning from the Labrador Sea to the Jeanne d'Arc and Flemish Pass in the south as shown in Figure 1. The early data results from this 2011-2013 program (47,000 line km) have resulted in the identification and delineation of new basins, play types, and AVO supported leads. The evaluation of the data was in part initially focused on determining the quality and utility of using the new 2D broadband data for exploration prospect reservoir characterization purposes.

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