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Sable gas production resumes after brief shutdown

Production is back underway on a Sable gas project after a fire last week.

Production is back underway on a Sable gas project after a fire last week.

The Thebaud Compression Platform, located 362 kilometres off the east coast of Nova Scotia and operated by ExxonMobil, was shut down Tuesday morning when a small electrical fire broke out.

The platform is unmanned, but staff from a connected platform responded to put out the fire. There were no injuries and minimal damage.

Throughout the week ExxonMobil worked on repairing the equipment. The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB), the government agency responsible for regulating petroleum activities on Nova Scotia’s offshore, approved the company’s repair and pre-start test programs.

ExxonMobil completed the programs and production on the platform resumed yesterday.

The board also ruled the fire caused “no immediate health, safety, environmental or resource conservation concerns,” according to Tim Church of the CNSOPB.

 
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