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August 7, 2001
(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 as of: August 6, 2001
(Also available at:

Geoscientific Programs Operator/Survey
Vessel Start Date Km's Completed (Total Planned) Comments
8924-G005-005P GSI/2-D Seismic South Newfoundland MV Professor Poloskov/GSI May 5, 2001 3,217
0 km acquired this week
8924-G005-006P GSI/2-D Seismic Orphan Basin MV Professor Poloskov/GSI June 24, 2001 2,766
485 km acquired this week
8924-G033-002E Gulf/2-D Seismic South Newfoundland MV Western Inlet/Western Geco June 25, 2001 3,495
432 km acquired this week. Survey complete August 3
8924-G005-007P GSI/2-D Seismic Carson Basin MV Professor Poloskov/GSI July 9, 2001 1,597         (1,509) 485 km acquired this week
8924-P028-10E Petro-Canada/3-D Seismic South Grand Banks Veritas Viking 1/Veritas July 12, 2001 31,074      61,416 10,259 km acquired this week. 
8924-E038-001E ExxonMobil/3-D Seismic Hibernia MV Ramform Vanguard/PGS July 12, 2001 12,960       (40,000)) Kilometres recorded to August 1, 2001. 5,850 km acquired since last report
8924-P003-001E PanCanadianl/3-D Seismic South Flemish Pass Geco Searcher/Western Geco August 3, 2001 0        (30,000)) Production due to commence August 6.


Hibernia Drilling Program
Well / Location Installation Spud
Depth (Projected Total Depth)
Current Status
HMDC Hibernia B-16 26
46 45' 01.427"      N; Lat.
48 46'53.487"W: Long.
Licence: PL 1001
Hibernia Platform
M71 (East Rig)

April 21, 2001 8,208 M
(8,162 M)
Performing logging operations


HMDC Hibernia B-16 28
46 45' 2.254" N; Lat
48 46' 54.696" W; Long.
Licence: PL 1001
Hibernia Platform
M72 (West Rig)
July 10, 2001 4,318 M
(7,295 M)
Drilling 311 mm hole section (Production Hole Section)


Terra Nova Drilling Program
Well / Location Installation Spud
Depth (Projected, Total Depth)
Terra Nova et al L-98 4
46 27' 42.4" N; Lat
48 29' 51.6" W; Long.
Licence: SDL 1032
Henry Goodrich May 6, 2001 2,422 M       (3,621 M) Drilling 343 mm hole section (Production hole section)


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).

Seismic kilometers completed: The total number of kilometers of data recorded in a  geophysical program.

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).

2001 08 07                                                         4:05 p.m. 

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