Project Status Update – May 22, 2018
Routine drilling operations continue as planned without any spills, injuries or accidents.
A 500-metre radius safety (exclusion) zone is in place around the West Aquarius within which non-Project vessels are prohibited. The safety (exclusion) zone will be monitored by the standby vessel, the Horizon Star.
A platform supply vessel, the Troms Sirius, has now also been certified as a standby vessel for the drilling program and will be used to relieve the Horizon Star of standby vessel duties as required (e.g. during crew changes).
Troms Sirius Platform Supply Vessel (PSV)
Horizon Star Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (EERV)
Project Status Update: - May 8, 2018
Operations Status: Drilling Operations
On April 22, 2018 BP commenced drilling operations at the Aspy D-11 wellsite. Routine drilling operations continue as planned.
A 500-m radius safety (exclusion) zone is in place around the West Aquarius within which non-Project vessels are prohibited. The safety (exclusion) zone will be monitored by the standby vessel, the Horizon Star (call sign: CFA2459).
Project Status Update – April 23, 2018
On April 21, 2018 the Canada‐Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) granted an Approval to Drill a Well (ADW) to BP and authorized the commencement of drilling operations for the Aspy D‐11 exploration well.
On April 22, 2018 BP commenced drilling operations at the Aspy D‐11 wellsite.
Project Status Update – April 18, 2018
BP’s Scotian Basin Exploration Project involves drilling an initial well (Aspy D-11) on Exploration Licence (EL) 2434 in 2777 metres water depth, approximately 330 kilometres southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. BP has contracted the West Aquarius rig, operated by Seadrill, to drill the well. The supply base is located in Halifax Harbour (approximately 20 hours sailing time to the drill rig) and the helicopter fleet base is located at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes helicopter flight time to the drill rig).
Location of Aspy D-11 Well
West Aquarius Semi-Submersible Drill Rig
On April 4, 2018 the West Aquarius left Bay Bulls, NL and began transit to Nova Scotia waters. The average transit speed was approximately 3 knots. After the West Aquarius reached the wellsite, a pre-drill survey was conducted using a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV). Video transects of the seafloor were conducted in a 45-degree radial pattern, extending 500 m from the wellsite. No aggregations of habitat-forming corals or sponges or any other environmentally sensitive features were observed.
On April 15, 2018, the research vessel Strait Hunter was used to deploy three bottom-mounted acoustic recorders, which will gather data on underwater sound during drilling operations as part of a marine mammal follow-up program, and a wave rider buoy which will collect real-time meteorological data during the drilling program.
A 500-m safety zone has now been established around the West Aquarius within which non-Project vessels will be prohibited. The safety (exclusion) zone will be monitored through the drilling program by the standby vessel, the Horizon Star.
Preparatory work continues prior to receiving authorization from the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) to commence drilling.