Husky Energy has awarded another critical contract related to the West White Rose extension project, and it repeats a pattern for oil and gas development in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Husky's website lists Kiewit Offshore Services as the winning bidder for fabrication and construction of topsides for the wellhead platform.

The company will carry out the work at a fabrication yard in Ingleside, Texas.

It's been widely reported that Kiewit was the preferred bidder.

The topsides are the most complex component of the $3.2-billion project, and will consist of drilling facilities, wellheads and support services.

After construction, it will be floated to Newfoundland's offshore and mated with the concrete gravity structure in time for first oil in 2022.

The living quarters will be constructed at Kiewit's yard in Marystown, while the concrete gravity structure on which the topsides will be attached will be constructed by a group of companies at a new graving dock in Placentia.

Having such critical components constructed outside of Newfoundland and Labrador has long been a thorny issue in the province.

Major topsides for oil production facilities such as Hibernia and Hebron were also built internationally.