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Hibernia oil platform offshore Canada returns to production after July spill

Hibernia Management And Development Co. Ltd., or HMDC, said that the Hibernia platform offshore NewFoundland will be resuming production Aug. 15 after being shut on July 17 due to an oil spill.

A July 18 report from CBC News said an estimated 75 barrels of oil, or 12,000 liters, spilled from the cell to the water.

The decision comes after HMDC conducted a thorough inspection to ensure the platform's safety and security. The company determined the oil and water interface layer in the storage cell was the issue and that it resolved it by removing the interface layer. HMDC said it is revising its procedures to prevent a possible reoccurrence in the future.

"We are following a deliberate, staged return to production operations, and carrying out surveillance of the facility throughout the process," HMDC President Scott Sandlin said. "We have the safety of our people and protection of the environment foremost on our minds as we gradually bring production back on line."

Oil major Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. holds a 33.125% stake in HMDC. Other shareholder companies include Chevron Corp. unit Chevron Canada Resources Ltd., Suncor Energy Inc., Canada Hibernia Holding Corp., Murphy Oil Corp. and Equinor ASA subsidiary Equinor Canada Ltd., which hold stakes of 26.875%, 20%, 8.5%, 6.5% and 5%, respectively.