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Energy Pioneer: ExxonMobil Canada
Halifax, NS
Apr 22, 2010

After a decade as the cornerstone of the Nova Scotia energy sector, ExxonMobil and the Sable workforce have been selected to receive the 2010 Petroleum Pioneer Award by OTANS. The award will be presented Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at the Petroleum Pioneer Dinner at the Cunard Centre.

The Petroleum Pioneer Award honours individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the development of the Nova Scotia petroleum industry. Past recipients include Don Axford for his work on behalf of ExxonMobil legacy company Mobil, Norm Miller of Corridor resources, Shell, Jim Ritcy of Dominion Diving, Fred Smithers of Secunda and Albert Bohemier of Survival Systems. In 2009 the award was presented to Rowan Companies.

“The Sable workforce and ExxonMobil are the beating heart of the Nova Scotia petroleum sector. Their positive economic impact ripples across the entire provincial economy,” said OTANS Chair Mark Healy.

The economic impact of the ExxonMobil led Sable Project, the largest construction project in the history of Nova Scotia, has been enormous. An independent assessment reports the Sable Project has provided nearly $2.5 Billion in contracts to Nova Scotia companies. Royalties from gas sales have placed $1.3 Billion in the hands of government. Its average annual contribution to the provincial GDP is $980 Million including annual operating expenses of $150 Million. Such developments are capital intensive, but employment supporting Sable has been equally impressive, supporting an annual average job figure of nearly 1200 direct and 700 spin-off jobs for the 2001-2007 period. In 2008 alone, Sable provided nearly 950,000 person hours of work with over 90% of those hours going to Nova Scotians.

However impressive these numbers are, they fail to capture the additional benefit to the province that ExxonMobil and the Sable workforce have provided Nova Scotians and the local industry in particular. Many Nova Scotia firms have used their experience working for ExxonMobil on the Sable Project to advance the scope of their business reach to work on other projects across the country and around the world.
“Ten years of safe, reliable operations --and the partnership between ExxonMobil and the province’s supply community--make Sable a true Nova Scotia success story, “said Glenn Scott. “It’s an achievement to be celebrated.”

ExxonMobil and the Sable workforce have made themselves integral parts of the greater Nova Scotia community, providing volunteer time and financial support for worthwhile initiatives—whether sharing best practices in safety or supporting environmental stewardship at Sable Island or across the province; from leadership in United Way giving to promoting science and math education for young Nova Scotians.

“For all these reasons, we think it only fitting to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sable Project by presenting them with the Petroleum Pioneer Award,” concluded Healy.

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