Terra Nova

The Terra Nova FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading vessel) is used to produce oil from the Terra Nova field. Terra Nova was the second oil field to be developed offshore Newfoundland and Labrador and was the first development in North America to use FPSO technology in a harsh weather environment.

The Terra Nova FPSO is designed for the harsh environment of the Grand Banks, which experiences extreme cold, high winds and seas, as well as fog, ice and icebergs on a seasonal basis. The FPSO is a double-hulled, ice-reinforced vessel with five thrusters and a global dynamic positioning system that allows the vessel to maintain its headings. The vessel is approximately the length of three football fields laid end to end and stands more than 18 stories high.  It can store 960,000 barrels of oil and accommodate up to 120 personnel.

Status: In production
 
First oil: January 20, 2002
 
Field Details:
Located on the Grand Banks, 350 km (217 mi) east-southeast of St. John’s, NL, the field consists of three producing structural fault blocks: Graben, East Flank and Far East.
 
Discovery date: 1984
 
Operator: Suncor Energy
 
Project participants:
• Suncor Energy (37.367%)
• ExxonMobil (19%)
• Statoil (15%)
• Husky Energy (13%)
• Murphy Oil (10.475%)
• Mosbacher Operating (3.85%)
• Chevron Canada (1%)
 
Water depth:
90-100 m (295 – 328 ft)
 
Oil resources (as of December 2017):
506 million barrels – recoverable reserves
401 million barrels – already produced
105 million barrels – remaining production

Production life:
25 years from first oil
 
Mode of development - FPSO:

Oil production wells are pre-drilled by a semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit. The wellheads and production manifolds are placed in excavations in the seafloor that protect the equipment from potential scouring by icebergs. A network of more than 40 kilometres of flexible flowlines is used to convey hydrocarbons to and from the wells.

Produced gases are separated from the oil and re-injected into the reservoir for production support and possible future extraction. Crude oil is offloaded from the FPSO onto large shuttle tankers for shipment.

Production:
180,000 bpd approved facility capacity
 
For further information:
Suncor Energy
Scotia Centre, 235 Water Street
St. John's, NL   A1C 1B6
Website: www.suncor.com
Tel: 709-778-3500
 

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