A fire shut down production on a Sable gas project earlier this week.

Operator ExxonMobil said gas was “shut in” at 2:10 a.m. on Tuesday morning on the Thebaud Compression Platform when a small electrical fire broke out.

The platform, located 225 kilometres off the east coast of Nova Scotia, is unmanned, but staff from a connected platform responded and put out the fire. One of the three Thebaud platforms is staffed with a workforce of about 50. There were no injuries and minimal damage.


“There are no immediate health, safety, environmental or resource conservation concerns at this point,” said Tim Church of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, the government body that oversees the offshore industry. “We will continue to monitor the situation and production won’t resume until ExxonMobil can demonstrate operations can be safely restored.”

Smoke from an overheated fire pump triggered a second alarm at 4 a.m., but the issue was quickly resolved when staff responded. The CNSOPB said it will continue to monitor the situation.

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