Umiat: a North Slope giant primed for oil development

Alaska's giant Umiat oil field, discovered in the late 1940s by the US Navy in search of new sources of oil after World War II, remains undeveloped to this day.The field is untapped in spite of delineation by 12 legacy wells; the shallow depth of its consolidated, productive reservoirs; sweet, light 37° gravity oil; and over 1 billion bbl of original oil in place.To this point, remoteness (92 miles from the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS)), permafrost, and low reservoir energy have been the main development challenges. All of these challenges have been addressed through modern technological advancements such as multilateral horizontal drilling, electric submersible pumps, and cold...

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