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  • Work Continues in Recovery of Faulty Flowline Connector

    Efforts to recover a faulty flowline connector from the South White Rose Extension, blamed for the release of 250,000 litres of oil into the ocean in November, 2018 is continuing this evening.

    Husky Energy confirms that five of eight bolts from the flowline connector have been removed to this point.

    Once disconnected from the flowline, the component will be placed in a recovery basket for retrieval to the surface and plugs will be inserted into the ends of the flowline.

    Once the connector is recovered, Husky says it will be sent for forensic analysis.

    Husky says approximately one litre of residual oil was released during the operation, but it was not observed at the surface, and says no seabirds have been seen in the immediate operational area since this morning.

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    It’s day two of the operation to recover the faulty flowline connector from the South White Rose Extension, which played a significant role in the release of 250,000 litres of oil into the ocean last November.

    Husky Energy says work on the operation began shortly after 7:00 Friday morning, once it was determined that it was safe to proceed. The plan is to detach the connector, and plug the ends of the flowline.

    Some oil is reported to have surfaced as work began, however Husky says it was estimated to be less than one litre, and was managed by their spill response vessel.

    Before the operation began, Husky conducted a wildlife survey, which located four seabirds within a 54-kilometre area. None of them were oiled.

    Once the connector is recovered, Husky says it will be sent for forensic analysis.

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