ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. – Sable Offshore Energy Project – Abandonment of Gathering Pipeline and the Goldboro Gas Plant

What’s New

  • January 8, 2018: ExxonMobil submitted its project description [Filing A89063]

Project Information

ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. (ExxonMobil) submitted a Project Description to the National Energy Board (NEB) on January 8, 2018. A Project Description is not an application; it provides preliminary information about an application the company expects to file at a later date. In its Project Description, ExxonMobil says that the Sable Offshore Energy Project (SOEP) is now in a stage of naturally declining production and the company is preparing to abandon the project. The SOEP consists of seven offshore platforms in five different fields, with 21 wells, located approximately 200 kilometres off the coast of Nova Scotia. The offshore platforms are connected by pipelines to two onshore plants. Please visit ExxonMobil’s SOEP website for additional details.

ExxonMobil says that it will apply to the NEB for permission to abandon the NEB-regulated gathering pipeline, which runs for nearly 200 km from the Thebaud Offshore Platform to the Goldboro Gas Plant in Goldboro, Nova Scotia. About two kilometres of the gathering pipeline is onshore, while the rest of the pipeline is offshore. ExxonMobil proposes to pig  and flush the pipeline, fill it with seawater, cap the ends and abandon the pipe in place. The abandoned offshore portion of the pipeline will remain marked on navigation charts. The company indicated that it also plans to apply to abandon the NEB-regulated Goldboro Gas Plant.

The gathering pipeline is regulated by the NEB, Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) and partially by the Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board.

The Goldboro Gas Plant is regulated by the NEB, NSUARB and Nova Scotia Environment.

ExxonMobil will provide a more thorough description and analysis of the project in its formal application. The company indicated that it intends to file its applications before March 31, 2018.


This map provides an overview of the project.

Sable Energy Offshore Project (SEOP) Map

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Key Milestones


If you would like to learn more about how the NEB regulates pipeline abandonment, please visit the following links:

Support for Participants

Process Advisor

The main role of a process advisor is to provide information to the general public and support to participants in the hearing. They can also answer questions about the NEB’s process.

You can contact a process advisor by calling 1-800-899-1265 (toll free) or emailing SOEP-Abandonment@neb-one.gc.ca

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Company contacts

If you have questions about the project, please contact ExxonMobil Canada at 902-490-9741 or sableinfo@exxonmobil.com, or visit their website: www.soep.com.

NEB Contacts

For process-related inquiries, please contact:

Matt Groza
Process Advisor

National Energy Board
Email: SOEP-Abandonment@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-614-4952
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

For media inquiries, please contact:

Sarah Kiley
Communications Officer

National Energy Board
Email: sarah.kiley@neb-one.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-614-6526
Telephone: 403-292-4800
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

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