CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2012) - Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) is on track to deliver another year of strong business and operational results and is announcing several new initiatives to build on its momentum.
"We have consistently executed against our strategy for nine consecutive quarters," said Husky CEO Asim Ghosh. "This performance is a result of strong delivery and reliability in all business segments and our focused integration strategy. Our major growth projects in Asia Pacific, the Oil Sands and the Atlantic Region are progressing and continue to meet their milestones.
"The rejuvenation of our foundation in Heavy Oil and Western Canada is also well underway with increased production from heavy oil thermal projects and an emerging focus on oil resource plays."
New initiatives announced today include:
|1||Production in 2013 is expected to be in the range of 310,000 to 330,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/day), compared to estimated average annual production of 301,000 boe/day for 2012.|
|The Company is on track to meet its five-year compound annual production growth goal of 3-5 percent as set in 2010. A new target has been set for the plan period 2012-2017 at an increased compound annual growth rate of 5-8 percent.|
|2||The $4.8 billion capital expenditure program for 2013 is comparable with the $4.7 billion program in 2012. Approximately 50 percent of Upstream spending will be directed towards the Company's growth pillars.|
|3||The Rush Lake heavy oil thermal project has been sanctioned and the production capacity has been increased to 10,000 barrels per day (bbls/day) compared to the originally planned 8,000 bbls/day. First oil is expected in 2015.|
|4||Production from heavy oil thermal is expected to achieve 55,000 bbls/day by 2017 with an additional four thermal projects planned to come on stream, including the 3,500 bbls/day Sandall project, now under construction.|
|5||Two new heavy oil thermal projects, the 8,000 bbls/day Pikes Peak South and 3,000 bbls/day Paradise Hill, came online ahead of schedule in 2012 and are currently achieving production levels approximately 40 percent higher than their design rates.|
|6||The Liwan Gas Project in the South China Sea is approximately 75 percent complete and remains on target for first production in late 2013/early 2014.|
|7||Offshore Indonesia, the Company has made four new gas discoveries on the Madura Strait Block. The discoveries are being evaluated for potential tie-in to existing nearby infrastructure.|
|8||Substantial cost certainty related to the first phase of the Sunrise Energy Project was achieved in the fourth quarter with the conversion of the lump sum contract for the Central Processing Facility. Over 85 percent of the $2.7 billion cost estimate for Phase 1 is now fixed and incorporates all significant contract conversions and facility and efficiency design improvements.|
|9||Work continued in anticipation of sanction of the South White Rose Extension Project in the Atlantic Region, with the excavation of a subsea drill centre. First oil is expected in 2014.|
|10||A five-year contract was awarded for the new-build harsh environment semi-submersible drilling rig, West Mira, to support the Company's exploration and development opportunities in the Atlantic Region.|
2012 Operational Highlights
The Company focused on executing its business plan in 2012 and the stage is set for the delivery of its major growth projects. Highlights include the following:
In 2010, the Company set a compound annual production growth target of 3-5 percent through the plan period 2010-2015 and is on track to achieve that goal. A new target has now been set for the plan period 2012 to 2017 at an increased compound annual production growth rate of 5-8 percent.
Average annual production for 2012 is forecast to be 301,000 boe/day, which is within the guidance of 290,000 to 315,000 boe/day and reflects the SeaRose and Terra Nova offstation programs.
Production in 2013 is expected to be in the range of 310,000 to 330,000 boe/day. The 2013 forecast includes a planned decrease in natural gas production and an increase in light, medium and heavy oil production, reflecting the shift in capital to higher netback opportunities.
|Light / Medium Oil and NGLs (mbbl/day)||95 - 105||110 - 115|
|Heavy Oil and Bitumen (mbbl/day)||100 - 110||110 - 120|
|Subtotal - Crude Oil and NGL||195 - 215||220 - 240|
|Natural Gas (mmcf/day)||560 - 610||540 - 580|
|Total Production (mboe/day)||290 - 315||310 - 330|
2013 Capital Expenditure Program
The 2013 capital expenditure program is designed to build on the momentum achieved over the past two years.
|Capital Expenditure Guidance(1)||Guidance
|Western Canada Sedimentary Basin|
|(Husky cash outlay)(2)||0.9||1.3||1.1|
|Upstream Total (CapEx)||4.0
|Upstream Total (Cash Outlay)||3.3||3.5||3.4|
|Total (Husky CapEx)||4.7||4.7||4.8|
|Total (Cash Outlay)||4.1||4.3||4.3|
|(1)||All amounts exclude capitalized interest and administration.|
|(2)||Under joint venture agreements, specified costs on certain developments are shared or assumed by partner.|
|(3)||Sunrise capital expenditures paid by Husky partner as per terms of joint venture agreement.|
|(4)||Downstream includes capital expenditures paid by Husky as per joint venture agreement.|
CEO Asim Ghosh and members of the management team will provide further details on the Company's strategic initiatives and growth plans at the annual Investor Day, scheduled for 9 a.m. EST December 4 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The presentation will be webcast and posted on www.huskyenergy.com under Investor Relations.
Husky Energy is one of Canada's largest integrated energy companies. It is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HSE and HSE.PR.A. More information is available at www.huskyenergy.com
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The Company uses the terms barrels of oil equivalent ("boe"), which is calculated on an energy equivalence basis whereby one barrel of crude oil is equivalent to six thousand cubic feet of natural gas. Readers are cautioned that the term boe may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. This measure is primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent value equivalence at the wellhead.
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