BP to maintain half Prudhoe Bay field production

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. decided it could safety continue production from the Prudhoe Bay Western Operating Area (WOA), following review of WOA pipeline inspection data and extensive consultations with federal and state regulators.Prudhoe Bay field production on Aug. 12 was 150,000 b/d of oil and NGL. It was expected to increase to 200,000 b/d once Gathering Center 1 ramped up to full production after completion of a planned maintenance shutdown.The Eastern Operating Area (EOA) of the field was shut down pending replacement of 16 miles of severely corroded oil transit line that resulted in a small spill (OGJ, Aug. 14, 2006 p.26). Early reports indicated the corrosion was microbial, BP...

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