White Rose area proves to be a fertile hunting ground for Calgary-based operator
Husky Energy Inc. has struck oil again in Newfoundland and Labrador waters.
On May 18, the Calgary-based company announced it had made a discovery in the province’s prolific Jeanne d’Arc Basin, home of its four producing offshore oil fields. The company says the discovery was made approximately 10 kilometres north of the SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading vessel stationed at the White Rose oil field site located 350 kilometres east of St. John’s.
The discovery comes on the heels of the Northwest White Rose A-78 discovery made in 2017. Husky spokesperson Colleen McConnell says it is still in the evaluation phase of the latest discovery. So far Husky Energy is being tight-lipped as far as what details it is giving out regarding the find. “We do plan further delineation in the North White Rose area to get a better understanding of the broader opportunity in the area,” McConnell says.
We do plan further delineation in the North White Rose area to get a better understanding of the broader opportunity in the area.
Colleen McConnell, Husky Spokesperson
McConnell did say that potential future development of the discovery could be via a subsea tieback to the SeaRose or the White Rose platform. The well where the discovery was made is White Rose A-24. It was spud on March 8 in 126 metres of water. McConnell says Husky spent approximately two months drilling and testing the well. The company used the Henry Goodrich rig (pictured) to drill the well and says it encountered 85 metres of oil bearing sandstone. Husky has a 68.785 per cent ownership interest in the A-24 well, while Suncor Energy Inc. has a 26.125 per cent interest and Nalcor Oil and Gas has a five per cent interest.
The two latest discoveries in the North White Rose area prove there is more oil to be found in the area, and the company is doing its best to find it. “The Henry Goodrich is under contract to Husky for a range of drilling activities including development and infill drilling at the White Rose field and satellite extensions. We plan to drill one to two exploration wells per year as part of our overall drilling program,” McConnell says.