Canada: Unions fired-up by fears over Bay du Nord local content

A major trades union umbrella organisation in Newfoundland & Labrador (N&L), Canada has launched a campaign to maximise local fabrication work on Equinor’s upcoming US$9.4 billion Bay du Nord project, potentially the last major upstream development in the province.

Bay du Nord — due on stream in 2028 or 2029 — will be developed by subsea wells tied back to a newbuild floating production, storage and offloading vessel.

Traditionally on FPSO projects in the province, Newfoundland & Labrador facilities would build structures such as subsea templates, accommodation modules, helidecks and flare booms, only rarely securing bigger construction contracts.