Husky shutting down work on West White Rose due to COVID-19 concerns

Calgary – On March 22, Husky put a pause on one of the largest oil and gas megaprojects in the country. 

Husky Energy announced that it will begin a systematic and orderly suspension of major construction activities related to the West White Rose Project, under construction in Newfoundland, for use offshore. 

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The company said in a release the decision reinforces Husky’s objective to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus among its employees, contractors, and the community. “The company carefully assessed the risks and determined they could not be adequately mitigated for such a large construction workforce,” the release said.

“We are taking the steps necessary to keep our people and our construction sites safe,” said CEO Rob Peabody. “These are the right decisions for our people, their families and the community.”

Husky said it is working cooperatively with its contractors to safely suspend all activities, and to demobilize and secure its construction sites.

Production from the White Rose field and its satellite extensions, located 350 kilometres off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, is continuing with enhanced workforce control measures introduced to ensure the ongoing safe operations on the SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading vessel.

Husky will provide a business and capital spending plan update in due course, it said.

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