Furie completes construction of Kitchen Lights platform
Construction of Furie Operating Alaska's Kitchen Lights Unit Platform A offshore in Cook Inlet has been completed, Bruce Webb, Furie senior vice president, has told Petroleum News. The platform, connected to shore by a subsea gas pipeline, will support production from the Kitchen Lights gas field.
After the heavy lift vessel MV Svenja placed the platform's monopod caisson onto the seafloor in early June, the team installing the platform had to insert pilings into the seafloor and cement the seafloor assembly to hold the caisson in place. With the cement having hardened, the Svenja could then place the topside decks onto the caisson, an operation that has now been completed.
Furie has now to hook up the subsea pipeline to the platform - the pipeline has already been laid. Furie anticipates the completion of testing and commissioning of the platform, pipeline and associated shore facilities in time for gas production to start at the beginning of 2016.
- ALAN BAILEY
July ANS crude production up 1% from June
Alaska North Slope crude oil production averaged 467,922 barrels per day in July, up 1 percent from a June average of 463,289 bpd. Production in both months is down from a May average of 497,673, as production is impacted by planned summer maintenance projects at major fields and on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
Department of Revenue Tax Division data for July show the largest month-over-month increase at the Kuparuk River field, operated by ConocoPhillips Alaska, which averaged 144,329 bpd, up 9.5 percent, 12,517 bpd, from a June average of 131,812.
The BP Exploration (Alaska)-operated Prudhoe Bay field, the Slope's largest, averaged 250,099 bpd in July, down 2.1 percent from a June average of 255,399 bpd
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission June data show Cook Inlet crude oil production averaging 18,346 bpd, down 0.8 percent, 147 bpd, from a May average of 18,492 bpd.
ANS crude oil production peaked in 1988 at 2.1 million bpd; Cook Inlet crude oil production peaked in 1970 at more than 227,000 bpd.
- KRISTEN NELSON
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