Alaska Update: Operators unlocking North Slope's viscous oil commerciality

This article is a late-breaking adjunct to the special report that begins on p. 58.More than 3 decades after its discovery, Alaskan North Slope operators are beginning to unlock the huge commercial potential of the slope's viscous heavy oil resource.As much as 21-36 billion bbl of OOIP has been estimated for the areally vast West Sak and Ugnu formations that overlie the main producing hor- izons in the Ku- paruk River and Milne Point field areas west of Prudhoe Bay. At average depths of 3,000 ft and 3,500 ft, respectively, their proximity to the permafrost renders the already low-gravity crudes extremely viscous.Coupled with the fact that the formations feature highly friable, weakly ...

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