Nfld. & Labrador

Hebron tow-out resumes after overnight pause

The Hebron oil platform's journey to its drilling site on Newfoundland's Grand Banks has resumed after a temporary stoppage Sunday night.

ExxonMobil says stoppage was ordered so platform could pass through mouth of Trinity Bay in daylight hours

ExxonMobil's Hebron oil platform left Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, on Saturday to head to its drilling location on the Grand Banks. The tow had been delayed by nearly a month due to heavy ice along the coast. (Danny Arsenault/CBC)

The Hebron oil platform's journey to its drilling site on Newfoundland's Grand Banks has resumed after a temporary stoppage Sunday night.

The platform left Bull Arm in Trinity Bay on Saturday, with eight tugboats. However, the journey was halted Sunday evening.

ExxonMobil told CBC News that the tow was paused to allow the platform to travel through the mouth of Trinity Bay during daylight hours.

The Hebron platform is being towed out to sea by eight vessels. (Submitted)

The platform was ready to be towed out in early May, but the tow was delayed for a month because of heavy ice in Trinity Bay and off the coast.

Construction on the $14-billion platform, owned by ExxonMobil, first began on in 2011.

The facility is set to begin producing oil in Hebron's field by the end of this year.

With files from Terry Roberts