Gas detection on the Terra Nova FPSO

Terra Nova oil field is on the Grand Banks, 217 mi east-southeast of the city of St. John’s in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is the second-largest producing oil field in eastern Canada. The total recoverable oil reserves in the field are estimated by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) to be 419 MMbbl. The owners of Terra Nova field are: Suncor Energy, operator (37.675%); Exxon Mobil (19%); Statoil (15%); Husky Energy (13%); Murphy Oil (10.475%); Mosbacher Operating Ltd. (3.85%); and Chevron Canada (1%). Production from the field began in early 2002, through the use of an FPSO vessel. This was the first development in North America to use FPSO technology. One of the largest FPSO vessels ever built, the Terra Nova is 958 ft long and 149 ft wide, holds 960,000 bbl of oil, and accommodates up to 120 personnel while producing.

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