"After reviewing the government's decision report and finalizing contractual and project execution arrangements, we are pleased to be in a position to move forward with the development of White Rose," said John Lau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Husky.
"The owners have invested considerable time and money in developing a very detailed and careful execution strategy for the project. White Rose is a good investment for the owners and stakeholders alike and will generate materially significant revenues and benefits for Newfoundland and Canada."
The White Rose development plan is focused on a "purpose-built" Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel with a peak production rate of approximately 100,000 barrels of oil per day. Current plans provide for a total of 19 to 21 wells to recover between 200 and 250 million barrels of oil over a 10 to 15 year period. Peak production is expected to be approximately 92,000 barrels per day sustained for about four years. It is anticipated that the field will achieve first oil by the end of 2005.
Development costs will be approximately $2.35 billion Cdn with costs to first oil being less than $2 billion Cdn. Moreover full field operating costs are expected to be in the order of $2 billion Cdn. over the 15-year life of the field. During the peak production years, operating costs are expected to average approximately $3.30 Cdn per barrel.
The operators have executed an agreement with Aker Maritime Kiewit Contractors (AMKC) for the completion of the topsides fabrication. The awarding of the other main contracts will be finalized and announced shortly. Excavation of the subsea Glory Holes is scheduled to begin in the field in the third quarter, 2002, and development drilling is expected to commence in the first half of 2003.
"With Hibernia and, more recently, Terra Nova now both in production, White Rose will be the third offshore East Coast project for the province. This will allow us to fully utilize and build on the local business community and increasingly skilled local workforce. White Rose will be an important contributor to the growing oil and gas industry in Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador," added Mr. Lau.
The owners of the White Rose development are: Husky Energy as Operator, through its wholly owned subsidiary Husky Oil Operations Limited, which owns 72.5% and Petro-Canada, which owns 27.5%.
The White Rose oil field is located in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin on the Grand Banks approximately 350 kilometers east of St. John's, Newfoundland. The South Avalon pool, the primary site under development, was discovered in 1988.
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