Following an Oct. 29 decision by the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to further reduce the estimated potential unassisted oil flow from the Burglin No. 33-1 well on Alaska’s North Slope south of the Prudhoe Bay field, Alaskan Crude Corp. says that it will now proceed with re-entering the well. The company also plans to re-enter the Amarex Moose Point No. 1 well on the Kenai Peninsula.
“We’ll drill Amarex well first, then send our rig to the North Slope to re-enter the Burglin 33-1 well in the Arctic Fortitude unit,” Jim White, president of Alaskan Crude, told Petroleum News Oct. 30. “… Our first plan (for Burglin) is to test the Ugnu, and then evaluate what we have and make a decision as to the next step. ... The area is oil and gas prone.”
The Alaskan Crude drilling rig has a top drive and is similar in size to Aurora Gas’s AWS 1 rig, White said.
Alaskan Crude will use a snow road to truck its lightweight drilling equipment the three miles from the Haul Road to the Burglin well, White said.
The original Alaskan Crude Corp. drilled the Burglin well down to Ivishak formation in 1984-85. The well was suspended in 1985 and the original company subsequently went bankrupt. Jim White later bought the bankrupt company and acquired the Burglin leases in a state lease sale.
Amarex drilled the Moose Point well to a total depth of 10,058 feet in March 1978 as part of an oil exploration program — Alaskan Crude now wants to test for gas in the well (a gas show was recorded in the original drilling).
Editor's note: Watch for the full story in the Nov. 4 issue of Petroleum News, which will be available online on Friday, Nov. 2 at www.petroleumnews.com