The Hibernia platform has three separate components - Topsides, Gravity Base Structure (GBS) and Offshore Loading System (OLS).

The Topsides is composed of five modules, three of which support production (process, wellhead and mud modules), a utilities module and an accommodations module. The accommodations module houses the eating and sleeping quarters for the approximately 185 crew working offshore, as well as offices, meeting areas, and exercise/recreation facilities.

The accommodations module also contains the temporary safe refuge (TSR) in the event of an emergency. The TSR provides emergency power, radio communications and medical facilities. Also located here are the main lifeboat station, helideck and Selantic Skyscape evacuation system.

The topsides is supported by a massive concrete pedestal called the Gravity Base Structure (GBS) which sits on the ocean floor and has storage capacity for 1.3 million barrels of crude oil in its 85-metre-high caisson. The GBS is specially designed to withstand the impact of sea ice and icebergs to allow for year-round production.

The Offshore Loading System (OLS) is a network of transmission pipelines that offloads oil from the Hibernia platform onto large shuttle tankers.  The flow line running along the sea floor from the platform to the loading system is a heavy steel pipe with a thick protective layer of concrete. Hibernia's ice management strategy keeps icebergs away from the platform area but, in the event that an iceberg does encroach into the loading area, the OLS can be flushed to minimize risk to the environment.

Transshipment is a two-stage transportation process for moving crude oil to market. Shuttle tankers carry the oil to a transshipment terminal in Whiffen Head where it is stored in tanks until it is transferred to a conventional (second leg) tanker and shipped to market.

Ice Management:

The Hibernia platform is designed to resist the impact of sea ice and icebergs and can withstand the impact of a one-million tonne iceberg with no damage. It can withstand contact with a six million tonne iceberg, estimated to be the largest that can drift into that water depth and only expected once in 10,000 years, with repairable damage.

Because the Hibernia platform is located in relatively shallow water - just 80 metres deep - the odds of a large iceberg ever hitting the platform are extremely low. Those odds are lessened considerably by Hibernia's aggressive ice management strategy, a combination of science, technology, teamwork and old-fashioned seafaring skill.

Status: In production

Discovery date: 1979

First oil:  November 17, 1997

Field Details:
Located within the Jeanne D’Arc Basin, which underlies the northeast portion of the Grand Banks, 315 km (196 mi) east-southeast of St. John’s, the field consists of two principal
reservoirs - the Hibernia and Ben Nevis-Avalon reservoirs.

Water depth: 80 m (262 ft)

Project participants:
   ExxonMobil Canada Properties (33.125%)
   Chevron Canada Resources (26.875%)
   Suncor (20%)
   Canada Hibernia Holding Corp. (8.5%)
   Murphy Oil (6.5%)
   Statoil (5%)

Operator: Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd.

Oil resources (as of December 2017):
1.644 billion barrels – recoverable reserves
1.050 billion barrels – already produced
.594 billion barrels – remaining production

Production life:
Project life has been extended to beyond 2040.

Total project investment:
Pre-production capital investment $5.8 billion CDN

Canada-NL Benefits:
As of December 31, 2016, Hibernia/HSE operations employed 2010 people, including 1094 located offshore. 264 of these were women. 1718 (85.5%) were NL residents when hired.

For further information:
Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd.
100 New Gower St., Suite 1000
St. John's, NL  A1C 6K3
Website:  www.hibernia.ca

Tel: 709-778-7000

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