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Husky Energy pauses construction on West White Rose Project in Newfoundland in response to coronavirus

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March 23, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Husky Energy is suspending construction on a new offshore platform in response to the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic.

The Calgary-based energy firm said March 22 it will start a “systematic and orderly suspension” of construction activities for its West White Rose Project to protect workers and prevent the transmission of the virus.

“We are taking the steps necessary to keep our people and our construction sites safe,” the company’s CEO, Rob Peabody, said in a release. “These are the right decisions for our people, their families and the community.”

A general partnership made up of SNC-Lavalin Inc., Dragados and Pennecon Inc. have been working on a concrete gravity structure for the offshore project at a graving dock in Argentia, N.L.

Husky said an assessment determined the risks of transmission “could not be adequately mitigated” given the large scale of the project. It said its working with its contractors to wind down construction and demobilize the workforce.

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