Nfld. & Labrador

FPSO makes early return to Grand Banks

The SeaRose offshore oil production platform has returned to the White Rose oilfield Thursday, ahead of the company's schedule.
The SeaRose FPSO in Conception Bay on May 18, 2012. CBC

The SeaRose offshore oil production platform has returned to the White Rose oilfield Thursday, ahead of Husky Energy's schedule.

The vessel left the oilfield in May and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in May for maintenance work in Belfast, at the same drydock where the Titanic was built. 

Husky Energy said the SeaRose left Northern Ireland on July 4, four days earlier than expected. 

The company had expected the shutdown and maintenance work to take 18 weeks. However, the company said at this rate, the shutdown will be shorter. 

After some reconnections, Husky Energy said it expected the SeaRose to return to production sometime in August. 

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