"We are pleased that the first oil production has been achieved on schedule and on budget," said Mr. John C.S. Lau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Husky Energy Inc. "This is a tremendous accomplishment for Husky Energy and our stakeholders with whom we have worked diligently to ensure this mega project meets the highest standards of quality and safety."
The White Rose field is expected to reach peak production of 100,000 barrels per day in the first half of 2006. Husky has chartered two shuttle tankers, the Heather Knutsen and the Jasmine Knutsen, to transport White Rose crude oil to world market destinations. The Samsung-designed double-hulled tankers each have a crude oil capacity of one million barrels. The shuttle tanker, Heather Knutsen, is scheduled to take delivery of the first shipment of crude oil from the SeaRose FPSO in late November, 2005.
During the construction period, the White Rose project provided over 10.6 million person-hours of direct employment in Newfoundland and Labrador and almost one million person-hours of employment in the rest of Canada. Over the life of the project, White Rose will generate approximately 380 long-term, high-quality jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs.
Commenting on the successful completion of the White Rose project, Mr. Lau said: "As Atlantic Canada's third offshore oil development, the White Rose project has delivered material social and economic benefits to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and to Canada as a whole. We look forward to those benefits continuing to flow to all stakeholders over the initial 12 to 15 year development of the White Rose field."
Husky Energy owns 72.5 percent of the White Rose development and is the operator. Petro-Canada holds the remaining 27.5 percent interest. At peak production, Husky's share of White Rose production is expected to average 67,500 barrels per day on an annual basis. Husky's share of proven and probable reserves for the field is estimated at 165 million barrels.
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