Despite the shutdown of half of Prudhoe Bay production starting Aug. 6, Alaska North Slope crude oil production for August averaged just a 9 percent drop from July. The 621,418 barrel-per-day August average compares to a 683,417 bpd July average. July production was down 13.77 percent from the June average of 792,592 bpd because of scheduled maintenance shutdown of the trans-Alaska pipeline.
Prudhoe Bay production, however, dropped 38 percent from July to August, averaging just 189,003 bpd compared to 305,427 bpd in July.
Adding in Lisburne, which averaged 22,433 bpd in August, up 40 percent from a July average of 16,020 bpd, the BP Exploration (Alaska)-operated greater Prudhoe Bay area averaged 211,436 bpd in August compared to 321,447 bpd in July, a drop of 32.4 percent.
The BP-operated Endicott field averaged 7,644 bpd in August, down 58.8 percent from a July average of 18,573 bpd; Revenue said there is a scheduled planned turn-around at Endicott Aug. 9-Sept. 9.
BPís Milne Point field had the largest July to August increase, averaging 38,643 bpd in August up 60.3 percent from a July average of 24,112.
The ConocoPhillips Alaska-operated Alpine field averaged 129,290 bpd in August, up 33.1 percent from a July average of 97,118 bpd.
BP-operated Northstar averaged 55,934 bpd in August, up 9 percent from a July average of 51,339 bpd.
The ConocoPhillips-operated Kuparuk River field averaged 178,471 bpd, up 4.5 percent from a July average of 170,828.
Cook Inlet production averaged 16,723 bpd in August, down 1.2 percent from an August average of 16,922 bpd.
Editorís note: Watch for full story in the Sept. 10 issue of Petroleum News, which will be available online at www.PetroleumNews.com on Sept. 7.