Husky Energy Sets $2.85 Billion Budget for 2006
Husky Energy announced a capital expenditure program of $2.85 billion for 2006. The program supports the completion of Husky's Tucker Oil Sands Project near Cold Lake, Alberta, the goal of peak oil production from the White Rose field offshore Canada's East Coast, and the development of upstream assets in Western Canada, as well as offshore China and Indonesia.
"Husky Energy demonstrated its ability to execute mega projects with the on-time, on-budget completion of the White Rose Project in 2005," said Mr. John C.S. Lau, President & Chief Executive Officer, Husky Energy Inc. "Our 2006 capital expenditure program is to ensure the completion of other major projects in the coming year, including the Tucker Oil Sands Project, a 130-million litre per year ethanol facility at Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, and the Clean Fuels Project expansion at our Prince George Refinery."
Guidance ($millions) 2006 -------- Upstream Western Canada 1,300 Western Canada Exploration 200 Oil Sands 230 East Coast 350 International 140 -------- 2,220 Midstream 340 Refined Products 260 Corporate 30 -------- 2,850 -------- --------
Husky plans to invest $2.2 billion in its upstream assets in 2006, with approximately $1.5 billion in capital spending for Western Canada, exclusive of oil sands projects. The Western Canada program will focus on natural gas exploration in Alberta and B.C., the continued long-term development of the Company's extensive heavy oil assets in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and the drilling of two wells to appraise the Summit Creek B-44 oil discovery and test a new prospect in the Northwest Territories. Husky also plans to spend $100 million to expand production of natural gas from coal (NGC) or coal bed methane (CBM). In the Horseshoe Canyon Formation in central Alberta, Husky will tie in 150 net wells, boosting production from 10 million cubic feet per day of natural gas to 35 million cubic feet per day of natural gas by the end of 2006.
In the Oil Sands business, Husky will spend $230 million, including $145 million to finalize construction of the 30,000-barrel per day Tucker Oil Sands Project near Cold Lake, Alberta. Commissioning of facilities and steam injection at Tucker is expected by mid-2006, with first oil production by the end of 2006. Husky has allocated $60 million for an initial development of its Sunrise Oil Sands Project near Fort McMurray, Alberta. The 200,000-barrel per day project received regulatory approval in December, 2005. The next phase of the project will encompass engineering for the upstream element of the development and further review of upgrading and downstream options. An additional $25 million will be used to drill resource evaluation wells to further assess the Caribou Lake and Saleski oil sands leases near Cold Lake and Fort McMurray.
On Canada's East Coast, Husky plans to spend $350 million in 2006. The program includes capital to drill and complete a fourth production well on the White Rose offshore oil field. It is expected this well will boost production to a peak of approximately 100,000 barrels per day by mid-2006. Husky also plans to drill a delineation well to further define reserves in the North Avalon Pool, adjacent to the South Avalon Pool of the White Rose oil field.
Internationally, Husky plans to spend $57 million on its interests in both the South and East China Seas. Offshore Indonesia, Husky will spend $75 million to advance engineering and development plans for the Madura BD gas field.
In the Midstream and Refined Products segments, Husky plans to spend approximately $340 million and $260 million respectively. The Midstream program will complete debottlenecking work at the Husky Lloydminster Upgrader, increasing throughput from 77,000 to 82,000 barrels per day by mid-2006. The Company plans to spend $90 million to expand its heavy oil pipeline system, including construction of a connecting line to the Tucker Oil Sands Project near Cold Lake, Alberta. For the Refined Products segment, the Clean Fuels Project at the Prince George Refinery will enable the refinery to produce ultra-low sulphur diesel and will increase overall capacity from 10,000 to 12,000 barrels per day by mid-2006. Husky has allocated $120 million in 2006 for construction of a 130-million liter per year ethanol facility at Minnedosa, Manitoba. Meanwhile, the Company anticipates its inaugural 130-million liter per year ethanol facility at Lloydminster, Saskatchewan will be operational in the second quarter of 2006.
For the year 2006, Husky estimates production of 360,000 to 390,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Light oil and natural gas liquids production is estimated to be 103,000 to 116,000 barrels per day, including 50,000 to 55,000 barrels per day from the White Rose offshore oil field; medium oil production is estimated to be 29,000 to 32,000 barrels per day; heavy oil production is estimated to be 115,000 to 120,000 barrels per day; and natural gas production is estimated to be 680 to 730 million cubic feet per day.
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