The scramble is on to find a way to keep a $100-million contract for the Hebron project from slipping out of the province.  

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Hebron is located about 350 kilometres southeast of St. John's, and in the same basin on the Grand Banks as the Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose fields. ((CBC))

The Hebron agreement promises as much work for local fabrication facilities as they can handle.

Now that Kiewit says it can handle only one Hebron module instead of two at its Marystown yard, the search is on for a replacement.

The big question remains whether the work can be done inside the province.

Hebron operator ExxonMobil is expected to announce its decision next week.

David Haire of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters says the province is competing with big projects out west.

"Alberta has announced $138 billion worth of contracts over the next eight to 10 years, so I think we will have to look for innovative and creative solutions," he said.

The oil sands boom in Alberta has attracted skilled labour from Newfoundland and Labrador for years, and Haire said that trend that is set to intensify.