Alaska Pipeline Project
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Alaska Pipeline Project is a proposed oil pipeline in the United States.
The pipeline will run in the North Slope of Alaska, west of Prudhoe Bay.
- Owner: Oil Search
- Proposed capacity: 120,000 bpd
- Length: 35 miles / 56 kilometers
- Status: Proposed
- Start Year: Unknown
In May of 2019, Papua New Guinea-based company, Oil Search, announced that it had received a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its Pikka development, which is planned west of Prudhoe Bay. Oil Search has proposed building up to three drill sites, about 25 miles of roads and about 35 miles of pipelines, a central processing facility, two bridges and an operations center with beds for 200 workers. Its project is in an area seen as a new hot spot for oil activity on the western North Slope, with ConocoPhillips also pursuing projects in the region. Oil Search estimates the project could produce about 120,000 bpd.
In March 2020, Oil Search announced that, due to the sudden collapse in global oil prices to below US$30 a barrel forcing it to cut back on capital expenditure by shelving projects around the world, work to begin early oil production at the Pikka project has been put on hold, and no further exploration will be carried out.
Articles and resources
- Federal Permit Granted for Alaskan Pipeline Project Pipeline News, May 30, 2019
- Oil Search halts sale talks, cuts spending as global prices collapse Sydney Morning Herald, March 18, 2020