Armstrong Oil and Gas had planned to drill two North Slope wells this winter season - the exploratory Horseshoe well and an appraisal well at its Pikka unit.
Those plans have changed, due to concern from Nuiqsut and Kuukpik Corp. that both Armstrong and ConocoPhillips would be drilling somewhat close to the village of Nuiqsut, Armstrong Vice President Ed Kerr told Petroleum News in an email.
The Pikka well, Kerr said, was going to be within the Pikka unit expansion area "and somewhat close to the village of Nuiqsut."
"We did this to show our support for working with Kuukpik and the village of Nuiqsut."
He said Armstrong was able to work out an arrangement with ConocoPhillips "in which we swap well information with them," with Armstrong providing well information from Horseshoe and ConocoPhillips providing information from their Putu well, which Kerry said "is basically identical to our Pikka well."
The Putu well is also near Nuiqsut, and ConocoPhillips said in permitting documents that both an original well and a sidetrack are planned.
The Horseshoe well is south of Nuiqsut near a bend in the Colville River west of the Kuparuk River Meltwater satellite and would be staged from a pad at Drill Site 2P at Meltwater.
- KRISTEN NELSON
See story in Nov. 20 issue, available Friday, Nov. 18 at www.PetroleumNews.com