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Arctic Extraction Could Occur from Artificial Island

December 2017, Vol. 244, No. 12

America within a few years could be extracting oil from federal waters in the Arctic Ocean, but it won’t be from a remote drilling platform. Federal regulators are taking comments on a draft environmental statement for the Liberty Project, a proposal by a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp, to create an artificial gravel island that would hold production wells, a processing facility and the start of an undersea pipeline carrying oil to shore and connections to the Trans-Alaska pipeline. The drilling would be the first in federal Arctic waters since Royal Dutch Shell, amid protest both...

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Pipeline Owner Says Alaska Spill Less Than 3 Gallons

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An underwater pipeline that sprung a leak in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, an area known for diverse marine life, probably dumped less than three gallons (11 liters) of crude oil into the ocean, the pipeline’s owner said Monday. The spill between two production platforms owned by Hilcorp Alaska LLC was spotted Saturday. Cook Inlet stretches 180 miles (290 kilometers) from the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage and is home to an endangered population of beluga whales. Hilcorp by Sunday had removed all oil from the 8-inch (20.3-centimeter) diameter pipeline. Cook Inlet is also habitat […]

Cook Inlet Oil Leak from 8-Inch Pipeline Stopped

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The flow of oil from an underwater pipeline leak discovered in Alaska’s Cook Inlet over the weekend has been stopped, although it’s not yet known how much crude poured into the water posing a threat to wildlife. The leak was discovered Saturday coming from an 8-inch pipeline that was carrying more than 19,000 gallons of crude oil, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Workers on a Hilcorp Alaska offshore platform noticed an oil sheen and bubbling from underwater. State officials said the flow was halted Sunday, but they did not yet know what caused […]

Hilcorp Lowers Pressure, Slows Gas Leak in Alaska Pipeline

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The owner of an underwater pipeline leaking processed natural gas into Alaska’s Cook Inlet has lowered pressure in the line to reduce flow. Hilcorp Alaska LLC now estimates that the pipe is leaking 193,000 to 215,000 cubic feet of gas per day in waters that contain endangered beluga whales. That’s down from company estimates of up to 310,000 cubic feet per day spewing before Monday. Hilcorp says repair equipment is staged, but ice in Cook Inlet continues to make it too risky to start repairs. The pipeline moves processed natural gas […]

Huge Find Could Save Alaska Oil Sector

Spanish oil firm Repsol SA just announced the largest onshore oil discovery in the U.S. in three decades, a 1.2 billion barrel find on Alaska’s North Slope. Repsol has been actively exploring in Alaska since 2008 and finally hit a big one. The find came after drilling two wells with its partner, Armstrong Oil & Gas. Repsol says that it if it moves forward and develops the project, first oil could come by 2021. The field could produce 120,000 bpd, a significant volume given the predicament the state of Alaska finds itself in. Alaskan oil production has […]

Alaska Underwater Pipeline Leak May Have Started in December

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A pipeline spewing natural gas into Alaska’s Cook Inlet may have started leaking in December, two months before the leak was spotted from the air, according to a federal pipeline safety office. The estimate of when gas started leaking into winter habitat for the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales was issued in a proposed safety order last week by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration that the agency confirmed on Tuesday. Processed natural gas continues to leak from a Hilcorp Alaska LLC pipeline that supplies four oil platforms in the […]

AGDC Names LNG Expert as New President

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) Board of Directors appointed Keith M. Meyer as its new president. The announcement followed a five-month national search initiated in December, following the resignation of Dan Fauske. Meyer will assumes his new role June 15. Meyer has more than 35 years of industry experience, including 15 years focused on liquefied natural gas (LNG) initiatives. He has managed the development of large-scale infrastructure projects spanning four continents; those include LNG terminals, natural gas pipelines, power plants, gas liquids plants, storage and gas separation projects. He joined AGDC from LNG America, […]

Shell Relinquishes Offshore Leases in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The only company to drill an exploratory oil well in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea following a 2008 federal lease sale confirmed Tuesday it has relinquished nearly all of its leases. Royal Dutch Shell PLC formally relinquished all but one of its leases in the waters off Alaska’s northwest coast, spokesman Curtis Smith said Tuesday. The news was not a complete surprise. An exploratory well drilled in 2015 did not find commercial quantities of oil. Shell announced in September it was suspending exploration in Alaska waters. The decision also reflects the high cost […]

ExxonMobil Begins Production at Point Thomson Project

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

ExxonMobil has started production at its Point Thomson project, the first company-operated project on Alaska’s North Slope. Central pad facilities are designed to initially produce about 5,000 bpd of condensate and 100 MMscf/d of recycled gas. The recycled gas is re-injected for future recovery. At full rate production, the facility is designed to produce up to 10,000 bpd of natural gas condensate and 200 MMcf of recycled gas. It is anticipated to reach that level when the west pad well is online in a few months. The Point Thomson reservoir holds an estimated 8 Tcf […]

Weak Market Could Delay Alaska LNG Project

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

(This update, provided by the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor’s office, is part of an ongoing effort to help keep the public informed about the Alaska LNG project. We will provide further updates as more information is available). The weak global market for liquefied natural gas – years of expected oversupply and falling prices – is pushing the Alaska LNG partners to look even harder at the project’s multibillion-dollar price tag and what it will take to successfully compete for customers. “Economic headwinds are pretty tough right now,” said ConocoPhillips Alaska President Joe Marushack. Refining the […]

First Oil Flows From Alaska Reserve Set Aside in ’23

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

NUIQSUT, Alaska (AP) — Rising from the edgeless, wind-scoured, snow-covered tundra on Alaska’s North Slope lies a million-pound drilling rig pulling the first commercial oil from a reserve set aside nearly a century ago. ConocoPhillips is the first oil company to draw crude from the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an area the size of Indiana which President Warren G. Harding dedicated as an emergency oil supply for the U.S. Navy in 1923. Getting to this point took compromises with Alaska Natives while keeping environmental concerns in mind. The Bureau of Land Management, which controls the reserve, […]