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Newfoundland approves special project order for Hebron offshore oil construction project

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by Daily Commercial News

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has approved a special project order under the province’s labour law, confirming a no-strike and no-lockout agreement between the Hebron Project Employers’ Association Inc. and the Resource Development Trades Council of Newfoundland and Labrador for the construction phase of an offshore oil project.

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced Thursday it approved a special project order under the province’s labour law, confirming a no-strike and no-lockout agreement between the Hebron Project Employers’ Association Inc. and the Resource Development Trades Council of Newfoundland and Labrador for the construction phase of an offshore oil project.

The order is designed to provide labour relations stability on large projects and applies to the Bull Arm Site. The Hebron project is a heavy oil field located underneath the floor of the Atlantic Ocean about 350 kilometres east of St. John’s. It is a joint venture among Nalcor Energy, Chevron Canada, ExxonMobile Canada, Suncor Energy and Statoil Canada.

The province issued the special project order in accordance with Section 70 of the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Act. It sanctions the collective agreement between the parties and acknowledges the commitment in the Hebron Benefits Agreement to develop a gender equity and diversity program.

Darin King, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and Minister Responsible for the Labour Relations Agency, is quoted in a provincial press release as stating: “Labour stability is a key component of the timely, successful completion of any construction project, especially one of this magnitude. The collective agreement negotiated by the parties and the issuance of this SPO is a good indicator of the positive labour relations climate in Newfoundland and Labrador and our common resolve to support economic growth here at home.”

During the total construction period for the Hebron project, full-time direct employment at the Bull Arm Site is expected to peak at 3,000 employees.

DCN DIGITAL MEDIA

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