Placentia oil terminal set for expansion

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Newfoundland Transshipment says changes needed to handle Hebron crude

An environmental review of a proposed expansion to the oil shipping terminal at Whiffen Head, Placentia Bay has been started by the provincial government.

The proposed changes are being put forward by Newfoundland Transshipment Ltd. and will include modification and expansion of the existing facility, to service the needs for off-loading and transfer of oil from the Hebron offshore oil development.

According to a notification issued by the provincial Department of Environment, modifications planned include “heating stored crude in three existing tanks, possible decommissioning of two existing heating plants, designing a new crude heating system, heat tracing of piping between tanks and the loading platform, addition of up to two storage tanks with working capacity of 500,000 barrels each.”

The tank farm at the Placentia terminal currently has six crude oil tanks with two loading platforms and handles oil shipments from the Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose projects.

The terminal averaged 180 vessels a year from 1998 to 2012.

All new infrastructure proposed would come within the bounds of the existing facility, according to the government brief.

The expansion follows a terminal study, contracted by the Hebron project partners in 2012.

The project is open for public comments until March 13.

A detailed registration document was not available with the government notice, as of 4 p.m. Thursday, but further information on the project is expected to be posted online at



Organizations: Placentia oil terminal, Newfoundland Transshipment, Department of Environment Hibernia White Rose projects.The terminal

Geographic location: Hebron, Newfoundland, Terra Nova

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Recent comments

  • Corporate Psycho
    February 09, 2014 - 10:34

    Why aren't we refining our oil? More giveaways.

  • Brian
    February 07, 2014 - 22:22

    The oil terminal is no where near Placentia . It is located in Arnold's Cove.

  • Red
    February 07, 2014 - 12:10

    Yes let's expand the terminal that takes all of our oil to the States and along with it the jobs. Why aren't they made to store it on US soil and let them deal with the risks of oil spills ion their own waters?

    • david
      February 08, 2014 - 11:40

      In case you haven't noticed, we're not much "into" business, or ambition, or strategic investment here. We prefer to wait until a large foreign company shows up to extract some natural resource, then we fight over the few union labour jobs, and soon after start complaining that they are underpaying us and stealing our resources. Pretty much the only thing we know how to do at this point....well, other than the occasional, ridiculous "home run swing" dreamed up in the oblivious ivory towers of government.