Timeline

Year Event(s)
1959 Exploration programs for offshore natural gas and oil begin in Nova Scotia with the issuing of off-shore leases.
1967 The first exploration well is drilled by Mobil.
1972 The Thebaud field is discovered.
1979 The Venture field is discovered.
1983 The South Venture field is discovered.
1984 The Alma field is discovered.
1986 The North Triumph field is discovered.
1995 Sable Offshore Energy Project is formed.
1997 Regulatory approval of the Sable Offshore Energy Project and the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline.
1998 – 1999 Construction of offshore and onshore facilities begins. Offshore wells are drilled, jackets are installed, subsea pipeline to shore is completed and on-share facilities are put in place. Goldboro Gas Plant and Point Tupper Liquid Fractionation Plant completedMaritimes & Northeast Pipeline completed – allowing gas transport through the Maritimes to the northeastern United States.
December 31, 1999 First gas production.
2003 Alma gas field begins producing.
2004 South Venture field begins producing.
2006 Compression platform installed at Thebaud.
2010 The project celebrates 10 years of production. ExxonMobil and the Sable Project workforce are recognized by the Offshore Technology Association of Nova Scotia (now the Maritimes Energy Association) with the Pioneer Award.
2010 Satellite field evaluation concluded.
2012 Decommissioning studies and planning begins.

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