Deep Panuke approved to start pumping

Global News

HALIFAX — The offshore natural gas platform Deep Panuke received the last approval required to begin full production Friday.

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board released a statement saying they had completed “an extensive readiness for operation review.”

A spokesperson from Deep Panuke’s owner and operator, Encana, says this approval is an important step towards production. However, natural gas won’t be pumped for at least several weeks.

The platform is located 175 kilometres off Nova Scotia’s shore, connected to the mainland via a pipeline. Four wells penetrate the ocean floor and feed a mixture of gases back to the platform.

Each of those wells will now be turned on individually and tested. When all four are operational, the platform will begin the process to purify and clean the gas. Hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide will be removed, leaving pure natural gas ready to be sent through the subsea pipeline to market.

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