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
At a recent open house we described Sable Project Decommissioning in more detail. You can view the display boards from the open house 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 Plan. Learn more.