Husky Energy has firmed up plans for its West White Rose Project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador with first oil set for 2022, while announcing a new discovery at Northwest White Rose.
The SeaRose FPSO. Image from Husky.
Plans for the project include using a fixed wellhead platform tied back to the SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The platform, which has received regulatory approval, will enable Husky and its partners to maximize resource recovery.
Discovered in 1984, the main White Rose field is some 350km east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, on the eastern edge of the Jeanne d’Arc Basin in about 120m water depth.
Once first oil is producing, set for 2022, the West White Rose is expected to achieve a gross peak production rate of approximately 75,000 b/d in 2025, as development wells are drilled and brought online, says Husky.
“We’ve made significant improvements to the project since it was first considered for sanction, including identifying numerous cost savings, achieving a 30% improvement in capital efficiency and increasing the expected peak production rate by 40% over our initial estimate,” says Husky CEO Rob Peabody. “Moving forward with this project is a significant milestone for Husky, while creating jobs, royalties and other benefits for Newfoundland and Labrador.”
With the tie-back to the SeaRose, Husky says that incremental operating costs are expected to be less than US$3/bbl over the first 10 years, further driving down overall operating costs per barrel for the entire White Rose field as the project ramps up.
The partnership also completed a purpose-built graving dock at Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador to enable construction of the concrete gravity structure. Construction will start in Q4 2017. Following construction, the concrete gravity structure will be towed to the White Rose field where the platform’s topsides will be installed before connection to the SeaRose via existing subsea infrastructure.
Husky also announced a discovery at the Northwest White Rose project.
The White Rose A-78 well, drilled about 11km northwest of the SeaRose FPSO in Q1 2017, hit a light oil column of more than 100m. Husky says the partnership continues to assess the discovery, and that a potential development could leverage the SeaRose, existing subsea infrastructure and the new West White Rose wellhead platform.
The company is anticipating to bring a third South White Rose production well online later this year.
Husky is the operator of the White Rose field and a series of high-netback satellite extensions and infill wells. It holds a 72.5% working interest in the main field and a 68.875% interest in the satellite fields, which include North Amethyst, South White Rose and West White Rose. Partners in the fields include Suncor Energy and Nalcor Energy.