From the Field
Husky plans on $40-per-barrel oil
CALGARY, December 8, 2015 – Canada’s Husky Energy announced plans Tuesday to sell part of its midstream business and cut capital spending in its Alberta operations, citing the oil price slump.
The company’s investment shrunk from $5.1 billion in 2014 to $3.1 billion in 2015, with a planned $2.9 billion–3.1 billion to be spent in 2016.
Describing the global supply glut as oil’s “uncharted territory,” company CEO Asim Ghosh said in a Tuesday address that the company would adjust its break-even oil price to $40 per barrel of West Texas Intermediate in next year’s plans.
Ghosh also said the old rules of OPEC calling the shots were no longer valid, referring to the cartel’s December 4 meeting in Vienna that did not yield an output cap.
Husky Energy will sell pipelines and oil tanks in the Lloydmister area of Canada to pay its debt, a move falling in line with a late-October announcement that it would sell its non-core assets. According to Ghosh, Husky may also sell royalty assets that return 2,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day.
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