ARCO, Anadarko boost production estimates for Alpine field

ARCO Alaska Inc. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. have approved a revised development plan that will increase estimated production rates and reserves for Alpine oil field on Alaska's North Slope.Recovery from the field is projected to be 429 million bbl of oil vs. an estimate of 365 million bbl made in 1997. The firms have increased projected peak production to 80,000 b/d by 2001, up 10,000 b/d from the previous forecast.Alpine is 34 miles west of ARCO-operated Kuparuk River field. ARCO and Anadarko expect Alpine to begin producing at an initial rate of 40,000 b/d by mid-2000 (see related story, p. 38).Revised developmentARCO's and Anadarko's expanded development plan will increas...

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