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We’re an active player in Canada—one of the most resource-rich countries in the world. East Coast Canada licenses are high priority within our global portfolio. We have interests in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin offshore the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in the partner-operated producing oil fields Terra Nova, Hibernia and Hebron.

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Offshore licenses in Canada

We are active in some of the most exciting energy resource areas in Canada, operating interests in several exploration, development and production licenses offshore Newfoundland where we are applying deep water development lessons learned from our work on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Equinor has made oil discoveries in the Flemish Pass offshore Newfoundland, including the Bay du Nord discovery, and work is ongoing to assess options for developing Bay du Nord. Equinor is the operator of Bay du Nord and holds a 65% working interest.

The Hebron field, operated by Exxon Mobil, is located in the Jeanne d'Arc basin offshore Newfoundland near the partner-operated producing fields Terra Nova, Hibernia and Hibernia Southern Extension. The Hebron field has been developed using a fixed gravity base structure (GBS) and first oil was achieved in 2017. Equinor has a working interest of 9% in the Hebron project. 

Leading a new offshore era

Onboard Seadrill West Hercules

We have been present offshore Newfoundland and Labrador since 1996, when Norsk Hydro first acquired assets. Through our operating and partner fields, we are making significant investments in Canada’s offshore industry. Our ambition is to become an operator offshore East Coast Canada.

We have strengthened our long-term position in the Canadian offshore by acquiring exploration licenses in the Flemish Pass Basin in 2015 and the Jeanne d’Arc Basin in 2018, where we will apply the exploration knowledge and experience we have gained globally and in the North Atlantic specifically.

The growth of our portfolio offshore Newfoundland supports the company’s long-term position in the Canadian offshore.

Offshore Newfoundland is known to have a harsh environment for petroleum operations, with seasonal icebergs, wind and waves as well as deep water depths.  With our vast experience as an operator in the Norwegian Continental Shelf and as a partner in established developments offshore Newfoundland, we are well-equipped to deal with these challenges. 

The continued appraisal and maturation of our Bay du Nord discovery highlights the progress we are making in potential field development. 

General Newfoundland offshore facts

Offshore production in Newfoundland equals approximately 40% of Canada’s light crude production.

Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore resource potential estimated at more than six billion barrels of oil.

Equinor is operator of five discoveries offshore Newfoundland in the Flemish pass basin.

  • Mizzen – Our first discovery made in 2009 in the Basin
  • Harpoon – A light hydrocarbon discovery in 2013
  • Bay du Nord – A 2013 discovery estimated to hold ~300 million barrels of light high-quality oil
  • Bay de Verde – A light high-quality oil discovery in 2016 located adjacent to the Bay du Nord discovery
  • Baccalieu – A light high-quality oil discovery in 2016 approximately 15 km from the Bay du Nord discovery
The discoveries are in a water depth of about 1,100 meters, located within 10 to 20 kilometers of each other, and about 500 kms offshore from St. John’s, the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. Husky Energy is a 35% partner in all five discoveries, while Equinor retains the other 65%. With the discovery of Bay du Nord, Newfoundland became a core area in our exploration portfolio.

The geology of the Flemish Pass Basin is very encouraging. The reservoir offers excellent Jurassic reservoirs with high porosity, high permeability and mature source rocks. The geology is very similar to what we experience in the NCS and the discoveries at Bay du Nord and Harpoon offer light, high-quality crude oil.

Seadrill West Aquarius

We have operated a number of exploration programs offshore Newfoundland since 2007.

Equinor also holds working interests in four projects offshore Newfoundland:

  • Suncor-operated Terra Nova (15%) producing asset
  • ExxonMobil-operated Hebron (9%) producing asset
  • ExxonMobil-operated Hibernia (5%) producing asset/Hibernia Southern Extension (9%)

The Hibernia oil field has proven and probable field reserves totaling about 1.6 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil, making it the province's largest producing field to date.

The Terra Nova oil field has proven reserves of approximately 506 million barrels of recoverable crude. It is the first harsh environment development in North America to use a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

The Hebron oil field started producing in November 2017 and is the second largest field in production offshore Newfoundland. The field is expected to produce 731 million barrels of recoverable oil in its lifetime.

Investing in local communities

We have a strong commitment to local investment in Canada and we aim to put local communities first in everything we do. We believe that bringing long-term value to local communities is important to the sustainability of our business and to the economic prosperity of the region.

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We work to maintain the strong relationships we have built by aligning our business activities and investing in areas that promote local involvement in our operations. 

Sustainability is no longer just about doing business responsibly – it’s also about seeing social and sustainability challenges as opportunities for innovation and development. We strive to create shared value opportunities by working closely with communities and aligning our business activities so that we can proactively and effectively create local value. We use a model of collaboration and partnership to address challenges and create value for local communities and for our business. This approach is integrated into our corporate social responsibility practices and guides our local content and social investment considerations. We promote social sustainability through a number of areas, including involvement in our tendering process to promote local sourcing, through social investment programs, as well as through strategic multi-organization partnerships and initiatives.

Offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, we have a Benefits Plan in place in which we have made a commitment to providing opportunities to Canada and, in particular Newfoundland and Labrador. This means that personnel and companies from Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada will have full and fair opportunity to compete for the supply of goods and services, research and development, and employment vacancies—with first consideration going to the province.

Local research and development offshore Canada
To build our knowledge of the cold and icy waters of eastern Canada, in 2015, the company led a collaborative research expedition in the harsh environment offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.

The 18-day expedition was a joint initiative between Equinor, ArcticNet, the Research and Development Corporation, Husky Energy, as well as other representatives from academia and industry. The team of 40 scientists and technicians participated in the program aboard the Amundsen, a Canadian Coast Guard-operated research icebreaker including six of our representatives. 

Through this project, we kept safety top-of-mind while field-testing technologies, which will provide new data and valuable insight specific to the area. In addition to the equipment available on the Amundsen, Equinor (then Statoil) deployed its own metocean and sea-ice measurement mooring equipment in strategic locations offshore. These measurements secured long-term statistics including sea ice thickness and drift, an important design parameter for any future offshore installation.

Other highlights of the expedition include:

  • New techniques for iceberg profiling, improved iceberg drift forecasts, and advanced datasets.
  • Testing of new technologies for remote sensing and ice detection capabilities such as satellite imagery for detection of ice and icebergs in low visibility conditions, as well as marine radars to discriminate between first year and multi-year ice.
  • Operation and comparative analysis of marine mammal detection and tracking tools, including an innovative Equinor-initiated target range finder, plus sophisticated active sonar for mammal detection.
  • Field-testing of an autonomous system, to measure and transmit data on winds, wave height, water current speed and direction, plus other metrological parameters.

From these new insights, Equinor and the local research community will strengthen forecasting models for sea ice and iceberg surveillance, potentially reducing the number of disconnections from drilling rigs.

Heroes of tomorrow

Equinor is a supporter of local communities and youth talent development in Canada through sponsorship pillars covering arts and culture, sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics). Currently, Equinor is the proud sponsor of the following programs and events:

ArtsSmarts:
Facilitated by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC), the ArtsSmarts program is aimed at inspiring children to develop their creative abilities by increasing arts and cultural activities in classroom curriculums. In 2014, Equinor joined the program that provides funding for schools to bring professional artists into the classroom.

As part of our ongoing commitment to talent development in the arts, we established the Equinor ArtsSmarts scholarship, which is awarded to a Newfoundland and Labrador high school student who is enrolled for first year full-time art studies in a degree or diploma program at a Canadian university or college. Equinor also awards a scholarship to a Calgary-based student who is enrolled in first year, full-time art studies in a degree or diploma program at a Canadian university or college.   

Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival:
Equinor proudly presents the three-day, annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, which boasts an impressive line-up of artists and activities for families, including folk-inspired instrument and youth music workshops aimed at keeping the tradition of folk music alive in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. We host an interactive youth workshop in collaboration with the headlining children’s entertainer as well as sponsors the Equinor MusicNL NewFound Talent Contest for musicians 19 and under.

Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE):
MATE's underwater robotics competition uses underwater robots or remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to prepare students for technical careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Since 2012, Equinor has sponsored the regional competition in St. John's Newfoundland that challenges high school students to build ROVs to tackle missions modelled after scenarios from the ocean workplace and that are critical to oil and gas development.

Techsploration:
Techsploration is a career exploration program facilitated by Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) that provides grade nine girls the opportunity to explore occupations in science, trades, engineering and technology, while raising awareness about the importance of math and science-based work in their future lives. Every year, we welcome a group of young girls from a local high school into our St. John’s office to learn from females working in STEM. Later in the year, the students and their Equinor role models attend a two-day forum with other students and industry role members to participate in workshops, tours, and activities related to STEM to strengthen their skills in communication, leadership, and teamwork.

Financial and legal reports

In accordance with Canadian regulatory requirements, Equinor Canada Ltd. has published the following report for Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA).