Alaska operators start Alpine field, take more leases

Alpine field development is sequestered on 94 acres on two drill pads (first one shown). Areal extent of the oil reservoir is 62.5 sq miles. Photo courtesy of Phillips Alaska Inc.Click here to enlarge imageTwo US international oil companies started up Alpine oil field in mid-November on Alaska's North Slope, with one calling it "the standard by which all future Arctic developments will be measured" because of attention to technical and environmental detail. The other called Alpine the first in a "succession of new, important Alaskan oil and gas fields."Ultimate recovery is expected to be 429 million bbl from Alpine field, 8 miles north of the Inupiat community of Nuiqsut on the Colv...

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