CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - August 02, 2016) - Husky Energy's (TSX: HSE) China subsidiary has signed a Heads of Agreement (HOA) with CNOOC Limited and relevant companies for the price adjustment of natural gas from the Liwan 3-1 and Liuhua 34-2 fields that would see the price set at $12.50-15.00 Cdn per thousand cubic feet (mcf) at current exchange rates.
"Long term fundamentals remain strong for natural gas demand in China. The price adjustment will allow Husky and CNOOC to maintain their market share in a competitive gas market," said CEO Asim Ghosh. "We reached this agreement in the spirit of the longstanding relationship between Husky and CNOOC that brought to life the first deepwater development offshore China."
Gross take-or-pay volumes from the fields remain unchanged in the range of 300-330 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/day). Liquids production, net to Husky, is also expected to remain in the range of 5,000-6,000 barrels per day. The price adjustment under the HOA is effective as of November 20, 2015 and the settlement of outstanding payments is calculated from that date.
"Husky and CNOOC plan to further deepen their cooperation and have undertaken to jointly create more value with the advancement of the Liuhua 29-1 gas field," said Ghosh.
Plans will get underway to finalize the commercial and development approach to tie the Liuhua 29-1 field into the Liwan infrastructure. Liuhua 29-1 gross gas sales volumes are expected to add approximately 80 mmcf/day.
Husky holds a 49 percent interest in the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for the Liwan Gas Project and operates the deepwater infrastructure. CNOOC Limited holds a 51 percent interest in the PSC and operates the shallow water facilities and the onshore gas terminal.
Husky and CNOOC continue to advance a rich portfolio of opportunities in the Asia Pacific Region, including several shallow water natural gas and liquids developments offshore Indonesia.
Husky Energy is one of Canada's largest integrated energy companies. It is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and its common shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HSE. More information is available at www.huskyenergy.com
Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking statements and information (collectively "forward-looking statements"), within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation, Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are forward-looking and not historical facts.
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