NEWS BULLETIN

June 19, 2014 --- Vol. 20, No. 34June 2014

Eni's Nikaitchuq hits 25,000 bpd

Eni has reached a production level of 25,000 barrels per day at its North Slope Nikaitchuq field.

The company said June 19 that it began production at the field, in which it has a 100 percent interest, in January 2011. Nikaitchuq is the first field operated by Eni in the Arctic.

And 25,000 bpd isn't expected to be the field's peak production.

"We are now working toward our new goal to reach 30,000 barrels per day in the next 12 months," Federico Arisi Rota, Eni's Houston-based executive vice president for the Americas, said in a statement. Rota said he is "confident we will reach this goal in the same way we have met earlier challenges."

- KRISTEN NELSON

1st summer trans-Alaska pipeline maintenance shutdown tomorrow

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s first summer maintenance shutdown was scheduled for June 20-21.

The company said yesterday that its crews were preparing for a 24-hour major maintenance shutdown.

John Baldridge, Alyeska's senior director for pipeline operations, said planning for the work has been going on for months.

"Alyeska maintains the pipeline as part of our commitment to the continued integrity and long-term viability of TAPS," he said in a statement

Alyeska spokeswoman Michelle Egan told Petroleum News in an email that the company had already had some short duration shutdowns, without throughput impact, but that the June 20-21 shutdown is the first of two full shutdowns planned for the summer.

During the planned shutdown work is scheduled at Pump Station 1 in Prudhoe Bay, along with routine tests of all mainline valves between Atigun Pass and Pump Station 5, the company said.

- KRISTEN NELSON


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