West White Rose to Bloom Again After East Coast Oil Project Revived

Cenovus Energy and its partners are set to restart the West White Rose project off the Atlantic coast of Canada that had been shelved during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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More than two years after halting work on the West White Rose expansion project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, Cenovus Energy has green-lighted the project. 

The project, originally sanctioned by operator Husky Energy in May 2017, was expected to reach first oil in 2022. It was expected to reach gross peak production of 75,000 bbl/d in 2025 and extend the life of the original White Rose project by 14 years. But the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 upended the timeline, and Husky suspended major construction activities for the West White Rose project in 120 m water depth amid efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Cenovus expects first oil in first-half 2026, and to reach peak production around 80,000 bbl/d by the end of 2029. White Rose, discovered in 1984, achieved first oil in 2005.

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Jennifer Pallanich

Jennifer Pallanich is Hart Energy's senior editor for technology. She has reported on the technology that fuels oil patch exploration, development and production for more than two decades.