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August 2018

Vol. 23, No.34 Week of August 26, 2018

ANS June production averages 477,364 bpd

North Slope production down 10% from 531,827 bpd in May; Cook Inlet June production averaged 14,914 bpd, down 5% from 15,620 in May

Kristen Nelson

Petroleum News

Alaska North Slope crude oil production, including natural gas liquids, averaged 477,364 barrels per day in June, down 10.2 percent, 45,956 bpd, from a May average of 531,827 bpd, and down 2.9 percent from a June 2017 average of 491,527 bpd, a drop of 14,163 bpd.

Volumes are based on Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission data, posted by field and pool on a month-delay basis.

ANS production totals include 41,578 bpd of NGLs - from Prudhoe Bay, Endicott and Northstar - and 106 bpd from Greater Mooses Tooth in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. A small volume from GMT also appeared in May production. The field is under construction and operator ConocoPhillips Alaska told Petroleum News that GMT is not in production and the volumes are due to flowback from a well during the cleanup process to remove drilling mud.

As for the North Slope drop in production from May to June, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. said Aug. 22 that there were five planned maintenance shutdowns between April 27 and July 6: 12-hour shutdowns April 27, May 25, June 15 and July 6; and an 18-hour shutdown June 23.

Both BP and ConocoPhillips told Petroleum News earlier in the summer that they planned maintenance. The three June shutdowns would have impacted production in that month.

Endicott, Badami show increases

Only two North Slope fields had June-over-May increases in production, the Hilcorp Alaska-operated Endicott field and Badami, operated by Glacier Oil and Gas subsidiary Savant Alaska.

Endicott averaged 6,505 bpd of crude oil and 743 bpd of NGLs in June, a total of 7,248 bpd, up 8.9 percent, 593 bpd, from a May total of 6,655 bpd and down 1.2 percent from a June 2017 total of 7,332 bpd.

Badami averaged 2,180 bpd in June, up 64 percent, 851 bpd, from a May total of 1,329 bpd, and up 151.4 percent from a June 2017 total of 867 bpd. Glacier put its Starfish exploration well, the B1-07, on line in mid-May and Glacier CEO Carl Giesler told Petroleum News in June that the well tested at rates of more than 2,500 bpd.

Largest per-barrel change at Prudhoe

The BP Exploration (Alaska)-operated Prudhoe Bay field, the North Slope’s largest, averaged 198,568 bpd of crude in June and 39,874 bpd of NGLs, a total of 238,442 bpd, down 14.9 percent from a May combined average of 280,058 bpd and down 9.6 percent from a June 2017 total of 263,579 bpd.

The ConocoPhillips Alaska-operated Kuparuk River field averaged 108,325 bpd in June, down 1.8 percent, 1,756 bpd, from a May average of 110,081 bpd, and up 3.4 percent from a June 2018 average of 104,748 bpd.

The ConocoPhillips-operated Colville River field averaged 62,638 bpd in June, down 4.6 percent, 3,003 bpd, from a May average of 65,641 bpd, but up 11.1 percent from a June 2017 average of 56,361 bpd.

The Hilcorp-operated Milne Point field averaged 20,259 bpd in June, down 3.1 percent, 641 bpd, from a May average of 20,900 bpd, but up 3.3 percent from a June 2017 average of 19,615 bpd.

The Eni-operated Nikaitchuq field averaged 19,170 bpd in June, down 1.4 percent, 271 bpd, from a May average of 19,441 bpd, and down 0.5 percent from a June 2017 average of 19,270 bpd.

The Caelus Alaska-operated Oooguruk field averaged 10,758 bpd in June, down 4.2 percent, 477 bpd, from a May average of 11,235, and down 9.5 percent from a June 2017 average of 11,881 bpd.

The Hilcorp-operated Northstar field averaged 6,035 bpd of crude in June and 961 bpd of NGLs, a total of 6,996 bpd, down 34.6 percent, 3,705 bpd, from a May total of 10,701 bpd, and down 7.9 percent from a June 2017 total of 7,593 bpd.

The ExxonMobil Production-operated Point Thomson field averaged 1,242 bpd in June, down 78.3 percent, 4,492 bpd, from a May average of 5,734 bpd, and up 343.6 percent from a June 2017 average of 280 bpd.

Cook Inlet down 4.5 percent

Cook Inlet crude oil production averaged 14,914 bpd in June, down 4.5 percent, 706 bpd, from a May average of 15,620 bpd and up 12.4 percent from a June 2017 average of 13,267 bpd.

Hilcorp’s Beaver Creek field averaged 67 bpd in June, down 22.1 percent from a May average of 86 bpd.

Granite Point, also operated by Hilcorp, averaged 2,848 bpd in June, down 0.2 percent from a May average of 2,853 bpd.

Hansen, the Cosmopolitan project, operated by BlueCrest, averaged 801 bpd in June, down 4.8 percent from 841 bpd in May.

McArthur River, operated by Hilcorp, averaged 4,973 bpd in June, down 3.7 percent from a May average of 5,166 bpd.

Middle Ground Shoal, also operated by Hilcorp, averaged 963 bpd in June, down 30.8 percent from a May average of 1,392 bpd.

Redoubt Shoal, operated by Glacier’s Cook Inlet Energy, averaged 1,260 bpd, up 8.2 percent from a May average of 1,165 bpd.

Hilcorp’s Swanson River averaged 1,450 bpd in June, down 2.4 percent from a May average of 1,486 bpd.

Trading Bay, also operated by Hilcorp, averaged 1,565 bpd in June, down 9.6 percent from a May average of 1,731 bpd.

West McArthur River, operated by Glacier’s Cook Inlet Energy, averaged 987 bpd in June, up 9.7 percent from a May average of 900 bpd.






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