Husky Energy Announces 2010 Capital Expenditure and Production Guidance

Dec 14, 2009 - 08:30 ET

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2009) - Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) announced today the Company's capital expenditure program and production guidance for 2010. The capital program of $3.1 billion, an increase of 20 percent over 2009 guidance, mainly focuses on major project developments in Western Canada, offshore Canada's East Coast, and South East Asia while maintaining Canadian upstream production.

"Husky's financial strength and track record of project execution supports the funding and development of the asset portfolio consistent with our strategic objectives," said John C.S. Lau, President & Chief Executive Officer. "The Company is poised to take advantage of the forecast economic cycle and to pursue business growth. The 2010 budget has been established to cater for spending on those assets that generate the highest shareholder values in our portfolio."

Capital Spending in 2010

Capital expenditure in 2010 will be directed to those assets offering the highest potential returns, in particular, Western Canada heavy oil and oil sands, Eastern Canada offshore developments, and Southeast Asia developments.


                                       Guidance      Forecast      Guidance
                                           2009          2009          2010
                                     ($millions)   ($millions)   ($millions)
 Western Canada                             725           885         1,200
 Sunrise                                     40            10            85
 Canada's East Coast/Frontier               800           590           485
 Southeast Asia                             500           520           660
                                          2,090         2,005         2,430
Midstream                                   165           105           170
Downstream                                  315           320           465
Corporate                                    30            30            35
                                          2,600         2,460         3,100
Acquisitions and Divestitures                 -           175             -
                                          2,600         2,635         3,100



Capital investments allocated in 2010 will enable Husky to position its medium and long-term growth while maintaining production levels. The increase in annual oil production is expected to offset the reduction in natural gas production due to low gas prices. Husky is ready to improve gas tie-ins and production if the commodity prices strengthen.


                                                    Forecast       Guidance
                                                        2009           2010

Light / Medium Oil and NGLs (mbbl/day)                   114      117 - 128
Heavy Oil and Bitumen (mbbl/day)                         102      104 - 114
                                                         216      221 - 242
Natural Gas (mmcf/day)                                   540      510 - 530
Total Production (mboe/day)                              306      306 - 330


The North Amethyst sub-sea tie-back work is complete and the drilling of development wells will be a major focus in 2010. Production from North Amethyst is expected to be in the first quarter of 2010 and will ramp up during the year as new wells are tied-in.

Engineering and construction contracts will be placed to progress the Liwan Gas Project on Block 29/26 in the South China Sea, with project sanction expected in early 2010. The West Hercules deepwater rig will drill six to eight exploration, delineation and development wells during 2010 in the South China Sea. The recently discovered LiuHua gas field, will be developed in conjunction with Liwan gas field, realizing synergies by sharing development facilities.

Husky holds a significant land position in Western Canada. The company's capital program is focused on growth of the upstream production through the use and application of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technology. In 2010, Husky plans to increase capital spending by over 65% to $1.2 billion focused on its heavy oil properties, EOR projects and unconventional gas holdings.

Significant progress on the Sunrise Oil Sands Project has been made. A review of the project has achieved material reductions in capital costs and improved project efficiencies. Front end engineering and design work will be completed for Sunrise in the first quarter of 2010, targeting first production in 2014.

Midstream and Downstream

In Midstream, Husky will spend $170 million, largely on plant maintenance, pipelines, infrastructure and related operations. The Lloydminster Upgrader is planned to have a 45 day maintenance turnaround in the third quarter of 2010.

Capital expenditure for Downstream is forecast at $465 million. Spending will focus on engineering and maintenance work at the Lima Refinery and the BP-Husky Refinery in Ohio. In view of the asset acquisition of downstream assets, continuous improvement and maintenance work has been planned for the Canadian ethanol, refining and retail facilities.

Husky Energy is an integrated energy and energy-related company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Husky Energy is a publicly traded company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HSE.


Certain statements in this document are forward-looking statements or information (collectively "forward-looking statements"), within the meaning of the applicable securities legislation. Any statements that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, through the use of words or phrases such as: "will likely result," "are expected to," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimated," "intend," "plan," "projection," "could," "vision," "goals," "objective" and "outlook") are not historical facts and may be forward-looking and may involve estimates, assumptions and uncertainties which could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. In particular, the forward-looking statements in this news release include: Husky's capital expenditure program and production guidance, exploration and development plans, dates by which certain projects may be developed or come on-stream and the planned maintenance turnaround of the Lloydminster Upgrader. Although Husky believes that the expectations reflected by the forward-looking statements presented in this document are reasonable, Husky's forward-looking statements have been based on assumptions and factors concerning future events that may prove to be inaccurate. Those assumptions and factors are based on information currently available to Husky about itself and the businesses in which it operates. Information used in developing forward-looking statements has been acquired from various sources including third party consultants, suppliers, regulators and other sources. Husky's Annual Information Form and other documents filed with securities regulatory authorities (accessible through the SEDAR website and the EDGAR website describe the risks, material assumptions and other factors that could influence actual results and which are incorporated herein by reference. Except as required by applicable securities laws, Husky disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Husky uses the term 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 if used in isolation. This measure is primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent value equivalence at the well head.


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