Decommissioning

The Sable Offshore Energy Project, Canada’s first offshore natural gas development project, has been producing natural gas and natural gas liquids since 1999. While the Sable project continues to provide significant employment and economic benefits to Nova Scotia, it is a mature field and decommissioning activities are approaching.

As a responsible owner and operator, ExxonMobil Canada will ensure decommissioning activities are planned and managed to mitigate any associated risks to safety or environment. The starting point for such planning includes the commitments made in the original Development Plan which was approved prior to construction. ExxonMobil Canada has been and will continue to work in close collaboration with regulators to meet these obligations.

The primary activities for decommissioning of the project assets include:

  • Well plug and abandonment
  • Facilities transition (de-inventorying and removals preparation)
  • Pipeline abandonment (onshore and offshore)
  • Offshore facilities removals (topsides and jackets)
  • Dismantlement of offshore facilities for salvage and disposal/recycle; and
  • Onshore plant dismantlement for salvage and disposal/recycle

ExxonMobil Canada as operator of the Sable Project is progressing an application with the National Energy Board (NEB) related to the eventual abandonment of Sable’s 26” offshore gathering pipeline, as well as the Goldboro Gas Plant. Submission of the formal Leave to Abandon Application occurred in March 2018. Additional information on the NEB process and a copy of the formal application can be found here. All of the information is available for public comment through the NEB website. In addition, a hard copy of the formal application in English will be made available to the public for viewing by appointment during regular working hours at the following locations. To set up an appointment, please contact us at sableinfo@exxonmobil.com.

Founders Square
1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3M8

Goldboro Gas Plant
500 Sable Road Highway 316
Goldboro, Nova Scotia B0H 1L0

Recently, as part of the process, the NEB issued a Public Notice of Hearing and Application to Participate. You can view a copy of this notice here.

While the NEB application focuses on facilities regulated by the NEB, a more general overall description of the Sable Project and decommissioning can be viewed here.

Decommissioning will represent a significant increase in Sable Project activity, and will require a considerable amount of support from the local supply community to safely carry out this work. ExxonMobil Canada is committed to providing local suppliers with full and fair opportunity to participate in the decommissioning activities consistent with the Sable Project’s original Benefits PlanLearn more.

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