Ice Freezes Production at Husky's White Rose

Husky Energy Inc. spokesperson said on April 2, 2008, that ice conditions have caused the company to suspend oil production at the White Rose oil field offshore Newfoundland.

Production was first ceased on April 1 for safety reasons, and the company is unable to predict when production will be started again.

Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday that Husky has arranged for 35 of the 85 crew members to be airlifted from the Sea Rose FPSO. Additionally, the Transocean's semisubmersible rig GSF Grand Banks, along with its crew of 109, is being towed to an ice-free area 40 kilometers southwest of the field.

The White Rose oil field is located in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin, offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, and approximately 350 kilometers east of St. John's. Starting production in 2005, the field produced approximately 32.1 million barrels of oil in 2006, and expected production is 110,000 to 119,000 barrels per day in 2007.

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