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SNC-Lavalin partnership to work on West White Rose offshore oil project

The partnership will build a concrete gravity structure for a fixed drilling platform with a height of 145m and diameter of 122m


SNC-Lavalin, Dragados Canada and Pennecon Ltd., through their General Partnership, have been awarded a construction contract from Husky Energy as part of the company’s West White Rose Project in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The General Partnership will build a concrete gravity structure for a fixed drilling platform with an overall height of 145m and base diameter of 122m. It 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, the concrete gravity structure will support a topside module to enable drilling and oil extraction 350km away from the coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean.

In a news release announcing the contract, Ian Edwards, infrastructure president, SNC-Lavalin, said: “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. 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.”

As part of the Partnership, SNC-Lavalin and Dragados Canada each hold 40% of the shares, while local company Pennecon Ltd. is a 20% partner.

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 and construction is expected to finish in 2021.