BIG SEALIFT HEADED FOR N. SLOPE; ARCO SAYS IT COULD BE THE LAST

A major sealift carrying modular units designed to boost production in Alaska's giant Prudhoe Bay oil field has sailed from a construction site at New Iberia, La. It is bound for service in ARCO Alaska Inc. operations on the North Slope. ARCO said the shipment appears to end a 20 year period of constant oil field development and installation of production facilities that has required 18 sealifts since 1975. To date, 777 production modules costing more than $20 billion and weighing more than

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