Milestones

Milestone Category

Geological data collection events
(including exploration and delineation drilling)

License and ownership events

Government, legal and regulatory events

Production facilities construction and installation events

Field development events

The following table provides a sequential list of events that were important to the discovery and development of the Hibernia oilfield. The events are colour-coded according to the categories listed above.

Hibernia Development Milestone

date

First scientific report on geological samples from the Grand Banks

1878

First geophysical survey (refraction seismic) on the Grand Banks

early 1950's

First direct geological investigation of Grand Banks bedrock
(three dives on the Virgin Rocks by H.D. Lilly of Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador using scuba)

Jun-1964

Mobil Oil Canada (MOCAN) acquired its original federal Exploratory Permits on the Grand Banks

15-Jan-1965

First well spudded on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland & Labrador
(Pan Am Tors Cove D-52)

07-Jun-1966

Completed first industry seismic data acquisition program on Mobil's northern Grand Banks acreage

15-Sep-1966

Mobil Oil Canada filed for additional federal Exploratory Permits in slightly deeper water east of its existing acreage on the Grand Banks

16-Jun-1967

Gulf and Mobil enter an acreage exchange agreement which yields a 25% share of a portion of MOCAN's Grand Banks acreage to Gulf

24-Apr-1970

First well spudded in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin
(Amoco Imperial Murre G-67)

14-Jul-1971

First flow of oil in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin
(268 barrels oil per day, 310 API gravity, 200 mcf/d gas from
Mobil Gulf Adolphus 2K-41, the 4th well in Jeanne d'Arc Basin and 2nd well drilled offshore Newfoundland & Labrador by Mobil and Gulf)

17-Dec-1971

The Energy Resources Branch of Newfoundland & Labrador's Department of Mines and Energy was established

Mar-1973

First penetration of prolific Upper Jurassic source rock
(Egret Member of the Rankin Formation drilled at
Amoco Imperial Skelly Egret K-36, the 5th well in Jeanne d'Arc Basin)

10-Sep-1973

End of pre-Hibernia drilling in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin
(Mobil Gulf Adolphus D-50)

03-Jan-1975

Mobil and Gulf negotiated four Special Renewal Permits (SRPs) on their expiring exploration permits 

15-Jan-1978

Suncor exercised its option to acquire a 25% working interest in the four SRP areas, leaving MOCAN with 56.25% and Gulf with 18.75%

15-Jan-1978

Chevron and Columbia Gas farmed into portions of two SRPs that covered the Hibernia structure and surrounding areas. Resultant interests in the Chevron farmout block were MOCAN 28.125%, Gulf 25%, Suncor 25%, Chevron 16.40625% and Columbia Gas 5.46875%.

5-Feb-1979

Discovery well Chevron et al. Hibernia P-15 spudded
(45th well drilled in Grand Banks region, 10th well drilled in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin)

27-May-1979

First flow of oil on drillstem test from Hibernia P-15
(800 BOPD, 320 API and 0.2 Mmcf/d gas on openhole test of Upper Jurassic sandstones)

19-Sep-1979

First delineation well spud on the Hibernia discovery
(Hibernia O-35)

01-Jan-1980

The National Energy Program was enacted to encourage Canadian Ownership of petroleum resources and exploration of the frontiers.

Oct-1980

The only dry hole at Hibernia was drilled 
(Hibernia G-55)

22-Feb-1981

First Hibernia 3D seismic survey completed 
(first 3D survey offshore Eastern Canada)

22-Sep-1981

Ocean Ranger semisubmersible capsized with all 84 crew lost

15-Feb-1982

The Canada Oil & Gas Act was promulgated as part of the National Energy Program

5-Mar-1982

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea was opened for signature.

10-Dec-1982

MOCAN and the Canada Oil and gas Lands Administration (COGLA) negotiated work obligations for their new Exploration agreements.

15-Jan-1983

Canadian Supreme Court rules that Canada has the right to explore and exploit the subsea resources of the continental shelf of Newfoundland & Labrador and that the federal government had legislative jurisdiction to make laws in relation to hydrocarbon exploration and development.

08-Mar-1984

Completion of first delineation drilling program on Hibernia oilfield 
(Mobil et al. Hibernia C-96)

14-Jul-1984

Atlantic Accord agreement signed by Canadian and Newfoundland & Labrador governments establishing management bodies (C-NOPB & C-NSOPB) and regulatory regime for the Atlantic offshore area

11-Feb-1985

The C-NOPB declared the Hibernia oilfield to be a Significant Discovery

02-Oct-1985

Completed reprocessing and re-interpretation of 1980/81 Hibernia 3D seismic survey

31-Dec-1985

Hibernia Development Plan and Hibernia Benefits Plan approved the the C-NOPB and Federal and Provincial ministers.

18-Jun-1986

Statement of Principles signed by the federal government, the government of Newfoundland & Labrador & Labrador, and the project owners

18-Jul-1988

Columbia Gas sold its share in the Hibernia oilfield to Chevron

Sep-1988

The Hibernia Management and Development Company was created to act as the operating company for the Hibernia oil and gas field

21-Dec-1988

The C-NOPB declared the Hibernia oilfield to be a Commercial Discovery

Jan-1990

The C-NOPB issued a 25 year production license for the Hibernia oilfield

21-Mar-1990

HMDC submitted the Hibernia Development Plan Update to the C-NOPB

30-Mar-1990

Hibernia fiscal regime was finalized

Sep-1990

Construction of the camp and other components of the Bull Arm site began 

Oct-1990

Second Hibernia 3D seismic survey completed

5-Oct-1991

Gulf Canada Resources announced its intention to withdraw from the Hibernia project

4-Feb-1992

Drydock construction of the GBS commenced at Bull Arm

Sep-1992

PASSB commenced fabrication of the M-20 Wellhead Module at Bull Arm

Nov-1992

Gulf's 25% share assumed by the Government of Canada (8.5%), Murphy Oil (6.5%) and Mobil and Chevron (5% each)

Mar-1993

Development plan ammendment submitted to the C-NOPB

10-Jul-1996

Suncor and StatoilHydro Canada Ltd conclude agreements that gave StatoilHydro a 5% interest in the Hibernia oilfield among other assets

01-Jan-1996

Hibernia Production Topsides and Gravity Base Structure mated

28-Feb-1997

Hibernia platform installed on the seabed at the Hibernia field 

06-Jun-1997

Spud first development well
(Hibernia B-16 1)

28-Jul-1997

First oil production 

17-Nov-1997

Canadian record flow rate set

26-Dec-1997

First oil tanker load completed

26-Dec-1997

Water injection commences on B-16 7

27-May-1998

Completed reprocessing of 1991 3D survey

7-Aug-1998

Whiffen Head transshipment terminal receives first shipment of Hibernia crude.

02-Oct-1998

Gas injection commences on B-16 10

26-Jan-1999

Completed longest reach well in Canada
(Hibernia B-16 11, 8485 m measured length, surpassing records set by Hibernia B-16 5 and B-16 10Z)

10-Apr-1999

HMDC increased annual oil production limit from 49.5 million barrels to 66 million barrels

18-Oct-2000

HMDC's Development Plan approved for the AA Block from the Gravity Base Structure

2-Sep-2009

On March 12, 2009 a Cougar helicopter transporting offshore workers to the Grand Banks crashed; tragically 17 workers died and one worker was injured.  

12-Mar-2009

The OPA2 well reached total depth of 10,122 metres. The final total depth well makes it the longest well in Canada and in the top 10 longest wells in North America.

3-Apr-2010

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