The White Rose oilfield resumed production early Friday morning — wrapping up a 16-day shutdown for scheduled maintenance.
It will take operator Husky Energy a few days to ramp up oilfield production to its daily average of 60,000 barrels of crude.
“All the scopes of work are done and on schedule — 16 days oil-to-oil,” said a Husky spokeswoman.
On the company’s to-do list was installing new control systems on the production ship for a pair of new wells at the West White Rose expansion field. In August, Husky received regulatory approval to partially develop its second White Rose expansion field with a pair of wells designed to refine reserves estimated at 120 million barrels of oil.
The company is currently drilling the first well — an oil producer — using the rig Henry Goodrich. A water-injector well is scheduled to be drilled in 2011.
Before any West White Rose production begins, the company must also build and install new equipment on the seabed.
That equipment will also be hooked up to the production ship, likely this spring or summer.