In reaction to Husky’s announcement today that it is reviewing its Atlantic Canada operations, including the West White Rose Project, the Port of Argentia is calling on the Federal Government of Canada to urgently take action in support of the province’s oil and gas industry and provide clarity around its intentions relative to any proposed initiatives.
“While we respect the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economic downturn, the continuation and completion of the West White Rose Project construction of the Concrete Gravity Structure at Argentia is paramount to the Placentia Region and indeed a significant economic driver that can stimulate the provincial economy during these unprecedented times,” Port of Argentia CEO Scott Penney stated.
It is vital that industry and government at all levels engage in meaningful and urgent discussions to identify a workable solution now to protect the feasibility of the oil industry as a whole to secure the long-term sustainability of valued jobs that are so critical to our provincial economy.
Husky’s CGS construction within a purpose-built graving dock at Argentia provides significant economic spin offs to the local business community and employs hundreds during peak construction cycles. Husky officials consistently praise the efforts of site workers and contractors. The Port of Argentia is fully committed to supporting the Husky project and other offshore related activities for the long-term stability of our province’s future.
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Scott Penney
Chief Executive Officer
Port of Argentia
709-227-5502 Ext 201