Husky starts North Amethyst oil production

By OGJ editors
-- Husky Energy Inc., Calgary, said oil production started from North Amethyst field offshore Newfoundland and Labrador on May 31.

North Amethyst is the first satellite field development at Husky’s White Rose project and was brought on production less than 4 years after discovery. It is also the first subsea tieback project in Canada, according to Husky.

The field is about 350 km off Newfoundland and Labrador and is the first step in the staged development of the White Rose satellite fields. Husky estimates that, as of Dec. 31, 2009, North Amethyst holds about 90 million bbl of reserves (34.7 million proved, 35.3 million probable, and 20 million possible).

Subsea wells in the North Amethyst drill center will tieback 6 km through flexible underwater flowlines to the SeaRose floating production, storage, and offloading vessel that processes production from White Rose.

Husky expects oil production from North Amethyst to peak at about 37,000 b/d after it drills and brings on line the remaining wells.

Husky operates White Rose and the satellite fields, holding a 72.5% working interest in White Rose field and a 68.9% interest in the satellites, which include North Amethyst and West White Rose.

Suncor Energy Inc. holds a 27.5% interest in the core White Rose field, and 26.1% interest in the satellite fields. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador, through Nalcor Energy—Oil & Gas, holds a 5% interest in the satellite fields.

Husky also will continue to examine the potential of other near-field tieback opportunities, including an assessment of the Hibernia reservoir sandstones beneath the main White Rose and North Amethyst fields.

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