Husky’s FPSO in iceberg near-miss offshore Canada

“A medium size” iceberg came within 180 meters of Husky Energy’s SeaRose FPSO offshore Canada last week.

Husky told the authorities that the iceberg was approximately 40 meters wide, 60 meters long, and 8 meters high above water.

It had been spotted and monitored by Husky, when it changed course and headed towards the SeaRose FPSO. It had reached the 180 meters distance from the FPSO at the White Rose field at approximately 5:30 a.m. on March 29, 2017.

This spurred Husky to inform the authorities and mobilized its regional response management team.

To prevent any possible incidents, production wells were depressurized and the flowlines flushed with treated seawater. The crew mustered in preparation for a potential disconnect.

The iceberg, however, passed the vessel and was outside of the 500-meter zone by 6:00 a.m.

To remind, in the same week Husky Energy had an “incident” regarding an unauthorized discharge of blowout preventer (BOP) control fluid from the semi-submersible drilling rig Henry Goodrich on March 26, 2017.

Husky Energy estimated that 6,397 liters of BOP control fluid (68% water, 28% Glycol and 4% Stack Magic) was released to the environment. The authorities logged the event as an “incident” because it was not authorised.

C-NLOBP told Offshore Energy Today the impact on the environment was minimal as the BOP control fluid was mostly comprised of water and glycol which is water soluble. said the impact on the environment would be minimal.

Offshore Energy Today Staff