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Decline in offshore oil project spending in Newfoundland hitting East Coast

Cost-cutting to impact Atlantic Canada, where spending is expected to drop two per cent this year, despite infrastructure starts in Nova Scotia, P.E.I.

June 6, 2016  by The Canadian Press

An aerial view of Husky Energy's Searose facility. The company and the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board are currently investigating the incident. PHOTO: Husky Energy

An aerial view of Husky Energy’s Searose facility off Newfoundland. Oil and gas companies have slashed their capital budgets due to low prices. PHOTO: Husky Energy

HALIFAX—An economic think tank says overall spending on major projects on the East Coast is expected to fall overall in 2016 by about two per cent compared to the year before.

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council says investment will be down to $12.8 billion, due in part to a decrease in Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil projects.

The council says Newfoundland and Labrador is being hit by the winding down of the construction phase of the Hebron offshore oil project and less activity on other offshore oil projects.

However, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are seeing increases in the number of major construction projects.


Spending in Nova Scotia will be $3.9 billion, 19 per cent higher than in 2015, mainly due to work on construction of the arctic offshore patrol ships at the Halifax Shipyard and increased offshore oil and gas exploration.

Prince Edward Island is expecting $358 million in work on the installation of two underwater electricity transmission cables across the Northumberland Strait.

Spending will grow by five per cent in New Brunswick, led by electricity projects, public sector infrastructure and the Saint John Safe Clean Drinking Water project.