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May 25, 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: May 24, 1999
(Also available at: //

Terra Nova Site Preparation
Vessel / Location Start Date Current Status
Queen of the Netherlands
46 27.7'  N; Lat.
48 29.9' W; Long.
May 11, 1999

Dredging glory holes. 

Terra Nova Field
May 9, 1999

Installing chains for FPSO mooring system.

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 6,524 M
(8,025 M)

Pressure testing BOP stack
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,
5,914 M
(6,687 M)
PanCanadian et al Shoal Point K-39
48 38'25.3" N;Lat.
58 50'33.5" W;Long.
Licence:  EL 1021
Nabors 375ETD February 8, 1999 Information
withheld at
request of


Preparing to test
Husky et al White Rose L-08
46 47'30.6" N;Lat.
48 01'20.1" W;Long.
Licence: SDL 1028
Bill Shoemaker April 7, 1999 3,130 M
(3,135 M)
Preparing to test
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 2,449 M
(4,123 M)
Drilling 311 mm hole


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 05 25 4:10 p.m.

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