Arctic offshore oil pipeline will move production before yearend

In early 2000, BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. successfully enlarged Seal Island, a man-made gravel island offshore Alaskan Beaufort Sea, and installed the Northstar pipeline system, the first trenched subsea oil pipeline in the Arctic.Development drilling began in December 2000 with planned production to start in fourth quarter 2001 when crude oil will be transported to the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System (TAPS) Pump Station No. 1 via the 10-in. OD offshore pipeline and an elevated overland pipeline section.A second 10-in. diameter pipeline currently transports natural gas from existing Prudhoe Bay facilities to Seal Island for fuel and will be used for future reservoir management purposes.1 ...

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