Alaska governor calls for more North Slope production

Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski said state agencies are cooperating with oil majors to try to increase oil production from the Alaska North Slope in the wake of Hurricane Katrina hitting the Gulf of Mexico. ANS oil producers averaged 848,742 b/d in August, up 5% from July because production was reduced during summer maintenance pipeline shutdowns, state statistics indicated.Murkowski released letters from ConocoPhillips and BP PLC on Sept. 13 (before Hurricane Rita added to the loss of oil production from the gulf) that outlined each company’s near-term plans to increase ANS production.Chevron Corp. said it’s producing at maximum capacity, but it might undertake some additional we...

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