Nfld. & Labrador

Hebron tow-out ceremony set for April 18

Building the oil production platform at Bull Arm in Trinity Bay has created 3,700 jobs but the work is coming to an end.

Massive production platform could be en route to Jeanne d'Arc Basin by end of April

The Hebron platform in Bull Arm, where workers are mating the topsides with the bottom in a job that is nearly complete. (Submitted by Frankie Donahue)

The massive oil production platform that will pump crude from the Hebron oil field in Newfoundland's offshore could be towed out of Trinity Bay by the end of April.

ExxonMobil has confirmed there will be a tow-away ceremony for the gravity based structure on April 18 at the construction site in Bull Arm.

The actual towout could begin less than two weeks after that, with first oil on track by the end of 2017.

About 3,700 jobs were created during the building of the platform.

The Hebron oil field is located in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin, 350 kilometres southeast of St. John's.

First discovered in 1980, it has an estimated 700 million barrels of recoverable reserves.

With files from Terry Roberts