NL Offers Owners of Terra Nova Oilfield $175 Million, but Only If Oil Flows Again

January 15, 2021 Updated: January 15, 2021

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador is offering $175 million to the owners of the dormant Terra Nova offshore oilfield, but only if oil starts pumping again.

The announcement came late Thursday afternoon, as rumours of an impending election intensified and funding announcements flowed freely from the governing minority Liberals.

Suncor Energy is the majority stakeholder in the Terra Nova field, where restart operations were halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic and crashing oil prices.

The province says the conditional funding is part of a non-binding memorandum of understanding, which includes a commitment from government to adjust its royalty entitlements.

The money comes from a $320-million federal envelope given to the province this fall to boost its sputtering offshore oil sector.

Premier Andrew Furey’s government gave Husky Energy $41.5 million in December for its stalled West White Rose project, but that money wasn’t contingent on the company reviving the project.