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October 02, 2003 --- Vol. 9, No. 96October 2003

North Slope crude production up 2.6 percent, at highest level since June

Alaska North Slope crude oil production averaged 970,157 barrels per day in September, up 2.56 percent from an August average of 945,956 bpd.

Production from Alpine and Northstar drove the September increase, accounting for 20,600 bpd of a 24,200 bpd September over August increase.

Alpine averaged 104,968 bpd in September, up 14.54 percent from an August average of 91,640 bpd. Northstar averaged 68,662 bpd in September, up 11.85 percent from an August average of 61,389 bpd.

Lisburne (includes production from Point McIntyre, Niakuk and West Beach production) bounced back from an artificially low production average in August caused by a partial shutdown for facility maintenance Aug. 14-27, and averaged 56,198 bpd in September, up 41.72 percent from an August average of 39,654 bpd.

Production also increased at Milne Point (which includes Schrader Bluff and Sag River production), which averaged 54,538 bpd in September, up 4.37 percent from an August average of 52,256 bpd.

Endicott production (includes Sag River and Eider) had the largest production drop, averaging 27,366 bpd for September, down 9.58 percent from an August average of 30,264 bpd.

The Kuparuk River field (including West Sak, Tabasco, Tarn, Meltwater and Palm) averaged 210,853 bpd in September, down 2.38 percent from an August average of 215,992 bpd.

The Prudhoe Bay field (including production from western field satellites Midnight Sun, Aurora, Polaris, Borealis and Orion), averaged 447,572 bpd in September, down 1.58 percent from an August average of 454,761 bpd.

Cook Inlet production averaged 27,970 bpd in September, down 3.14 percent from an August average of 28,878 bpd.

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