BOEM reviewing Eni Beaufort Sea drilling plan
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has confirmed that it is reviewing a plan filed by Eni U.S. Operating Co., proposing drilling for the development of the Nikaitchuq North Field in the Beaufort Sea. The agency received an exploration plan for the drilling on March 3, at which point it had 15 working days to determine whether the plan is complete, BOEM spokesman John Callahan told Petroleum News in a March 17 email. Eni would use extended reach drilling from an existing gravel drilling pad on Spy Island, Callahan said.
For some time Eni has been considering the possibility of further oil development to the immediate north of its existing Nikaitchuq field under state waters of the Beaufort Sea. Eni is owner or part-owner of 29 OCS leases to the north of the field. These leases are scheduled to expire between July and December of this year. The area of the proposed OCS drilling appears to lie within the region of the relatively nearshore Beaufort Sea that President Obama did not withdraw from oil and gas activities late last year.
- Alan Bailey
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