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June 29, 1999
(Mines and Energy)

The following is being distributed at the request of the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board:

Weekly Public Status Report
Oil and Gas Activities Offshore Newfoundland and Labrador
Issued: June 28, 1999
(Also available at:

Terra Nova Site Preparation
Vessel / Location Start Date Current Status
Queen of the Netherlands
46 27.7'  N; Lat.
48 29.8' W; Long.
May 11, 1999

Dredging glory holes. 

Well / Location Installation Spud
Depth (Projected Total Depth)
HMDC Hibernia B-16 14
46 45'01.3"N; Lat.
48 46'53.4"W: Long.
Licence: PL 1001
Hibernia Platform
M71 (East Rig)

February 15, 1999 7,890 M
(8,025 M)

Preparing to run 178 mm liner
HMDC Hibernia B-16 15
46 45'02.0"N; Lat.
48 46'54.4"W: Long.
Licence: PL 1001
Hibernia Platform
M72 (West Rig)
March 5,
5,990 M
(6,687 M)
Husky et al White Rose A-17
46 46'07.46" N;Lat.
48 01'40.92" W;Long.
Licence: SDL 1028
Bill Shoemaker June 15, 1999 2,890 M
(3,150 M)
Preparing to log 311 mm hole
Petro Canada et al
Brent's Cove I-30
46 29'30.6" N; Lat.
48 33'02.0" W; Long.
Licence:  EL 1034
Glomar Grand Banks May 12, 1999 4,066 M
(4,123 M)
Drilling 216 mm hole
Program No.


Vessel Start Date Km's completed
(Total km's
(Northern Grand Banks)
M.V. Polar Duke

June 10, 1999 2,944
1,126 km acquired this week
(Northern Grand Banks)
M.V. Geco Searcher June 15, 1999 522 sq. km.
(2,950 sq. km.)
717 sq. km acquired this week
Western Geophysical
(Grand Banks)
Bin Hai 512 June 22, 1999 103
Survey commenced June 22, 1999

Contact: Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board, (709) 778-1400


Glossary of Petroleum Terminology

BOP/BOP Stack: Blowout preventers/blowout preventer stack - an assembly of heavy-duty valves attached to the wellhead to control well pressure and prevent a blowout.

Casing: Steel pipe set in a well to prevent the hole from sloughing or caving and to enable formations to be isolated (there may be several strings of casing in a well, one inside the other).

Cementing: Pumping a liquid slurry of cement, water and other additives behind a string of casing to isolate formations.

Completion/Completed: The activity necessary to prepare a well for the production of oil or gas or the injection of water or gas into the reservoir.

Fish: An object lost (or stuck) in the wellbore obstructing operations.

Fishing: Operations to recover fish.

Injecting: Injecting water or gas into the resevoir for the purpose of maintaining resevoir pressure, maximizing oil recovery and conserving resources.

Liner: A length of casing suspended from the base of a previously installed casing string (a liner does not extend back to the surface of the well).

Logging: Acquisition of downhole data using tools run in the well, usually on wireline.

Perforate/Perforating: Piercing the casing and cement using shaped explosive charges to provide a  flow path for formation fluids

Producing/Production: Flowing oil and/or gas from a well to the production systems.

Production tree: An arrangement of heavy duty valves and fittings installed on the wellhead to control flow from the well and/or to facilitate injection operations.

Reaming: An operation to restore a wellbore to its original diameter (occasionally, a wellbore will cave in).

Shut-in: A well in which the valves in the production tree have been closed to cease production or injection operation on a well.

Sidetracking: The operation of deviating a well around a fish.

Spud: The initial penetration of the ground or seafloor - the start of the drilling operation.

Suspension/Suspend: The temporary cessation of drilling or production operations in a well.

Well workover:  A program of work performed on an existing well.

Wellbore: The hole drilled by the drill bit.

Wellhead: Steel equipment installed at the surface of the well containing an assembly of heavy duty hangars and seals (the wellhead is used to support the weight of casing strings hung from it and to contain well pressure).

1999 06 29 10:55 a.m.

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