Through-Tubing-Conveyed ESP Technology Overcomes North Slope Challenges
Electrical-submersible-pump (ESP) technology is a proven artificial-lift method for shallow, low-pressure reservoirs such as those found in the West Sak viscous oil field in Alaska.
Hilcorp Gets Approval for First Oil Production Facility in Alaska’s Federal Waters
The green light comes 4 years after the privately-held firm filed its development and production plan. Liberty Island would consist of gravel, stretch 9 acres, and sit just a few miles offshore.
Big Discoveries Prompt US Agencies to Lift Recoverable Resource Estimates in Alaska
Major oil discoveries by Armstrong Oil & Gas and ConocoPhillips have compelled the US Department of the Interior to reassess its estimate of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources in parts of Alaska.
ConocoPhillips Brings Another North Slope Development on Production
ConocoPhillips is producing more oil from the North Slope as it advances development of the massive, historic region. The 1H NEWS viscous oil project is expected to flow 8,000 b/d at peak in 2018.
Major Alaskan Discoveries Promote Great Expectations
Three major finds have shattered assumptions about what is possible in the most explored parts of Alaska’s North Slope.
US, Alaska Governments End Legal Claims for Exxon Valdez Incident
The US Department of Justice and the Alaska Department of Law recently closed federal and legal actions against ExxonMobil Corp. and its corporate predecessors involving the 1989 crude oil spill from the Exxon Valdez oil tanker.
New Technologies Maximize Production in Viscous-Oil North Slope Field
Oil quality and drilling-pad constraints for a viscous-oil field defined a development scheme that consisted of a waterflood line drive with horizontal producers and water-injection (WINJ) wells side by side.
Coiled-Tubing-Deployed Shutoffs in Alaska With a Polymer Gel and Microfine Cement
A common problem in oil and gas wells is excess free gas or water production from only certain portions of the completed interval.
Field Testing a New Rotary-Steerable-Drilling-Liner Technology
Conventional drilling through lower intermediate intervals in the southern portion of the Alpine field on Alaska’s North Slope has posed significant challenges.
US Approves BP’s use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Alaska
In June, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the first approval for the overland use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Alaska.
Big Barriers to Building a New Generation of Arctic Vessels
The industry’s experience thus far drilling offshore the Arctic is a powerful argument to build a new generation of vessels and drilling rigs purpose built for operations in heavy ice.
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