MONTREAL — A general partnership involving SNC-Lavalin, Dragados Canada and local firm Pennecon Ltd. has announced it’s been awarded a contract from Husky Energy to build a concrete gravity structure as part of the West White Rose Project in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The structure will be part of a fixed drilling platform and will have an overall height of 145 metres and base diameter of 122 metres, said an Aug. 8 media release. The build will require 76,000 cubic metres of concrete in its construction, which will take place in a purpose-built dry dock from 2017 to 2021.
Once completed and installed in the White Rose field, the structure will support a topside module to enable drilling and oil extraction 350 kilometres away from the coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean.
The structure will be built in Argentia, an industrial area on the southwest coast of the island of Newfoundland, before being moved offshore. Work on the project is expected to begin shortly, noted the statement.
"We are honoured to be part of such a significant project and are especially pleased to be using our infrastructure skills in the oil and gas industry," said Ian Edwards, infrastructure president, SNC-Lavalin, in the release. "Not only are we going to comply with the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Benefits Plan but we truly enjoy working in the province and are excited about the opportunities our contract brings for the province’s workers and suppliers."
SNC-Lavalin and Dragados Canada each hold 40 per cent of the shares in the partnership while Pennecon is a 20 per cent partner.
"Dragados Canada is proud to collaborate with its partners and with Husky Energy in this innovative project, providing our knowledge and skills in the technically complex field of large concrete structures, as well as engaging with Newfoundland and Labrador’s workers and suppliers," said Diego Zumaquero, Dragados Canada’s president.