Husky Energy says oil has started flowing from Sunrise oilsands project

CALGARY – Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) says oil has started flowing from its Sunrise oilsands project in northeastern Alberta.

The first phase of Sunrise is expected to ramp up to 60,000 barrels a day around the end of 2016.

At Sunrise, crude is extracted using steam-assisted gravity drainage, or SAGD, technology.

The project is part of a 50-50 joint venture with BP.

Crude from Sunrise can be processed at a refinery in Toledo, Ohio, which Husky also jointly owns with BP.

The completion of the project also means 1,100 tradespeople working for Saipem Canada, contracted for the construction of the facility, have been handed their pink slips.

“Saipem’s scope has been wrapped up,” said Husky spokesman Mel Duvall. “As more work is wrapped up, we expect to see further decreases.”

— with files from CHQR