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Vol. 12, No. 3 Week of January 21, 2007
Providing coverage of Alaska and northern Canada's oil and gas industry

KUPARUK ANNIVERSARY: A message from Jim Bowles

A message from Jim Bowles President, ConocoPhillips Alaska

Please join me in congratulating Kuparuk on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. The first production from the Kuparuk Oil Field took place on December 13, 1981. Though it was once thought to be a marginal field, Kuparuk went on to surpass its 2 billion barrels produced milestone and is still going strong. Kuparuk’s history and current operations are distinguished by technology, environmental stewardship and the dedicated people who work in the field.

After the investment of 25 years of technology and innovation, the Kuparuk field has proven to be a legacy asset. Over time, the infrastructure has expanded and we’ve been successful in developing additional production from the smaller satellite fields of Tarn, Tabasco, Meltwater, and West Sak.

It’s exciting to think that Kuparuk has only reached the midpoint and now we’re working on the next 25 years. Kuparuk has long been a pioneer in the development of new technology and a leader in environmental stewardship.

In 1999, the Kuparuk River Unit was presented with the Environmental Protection Agency Award for Pollution Prevention. This was the first time such a prestigious award was given to an Alaska company and it was the first time the award was given to an oilfield.

Kuparuk went on to receive the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission Environmental Stewardship award, and become a proud member of the Alaska Green Star program. These national and local recognitions are all symbols of the outstanding efforts by our employees and contractors who have made environmental consciousness part of daily routine at Kuparuk. This grassroots effort has grown and evolved to include ConocoPhillips’ support of conservation and access programs supporting key fish and wildlife habitats in Alaska.

In addition, Kuparuk has led the way in the arctic technology that has enhanced the field’s recoverable resources far beyond what was predicted at startup. These new technologies that have been instrumental in the development of the area viscous oil resources. Kuparuk’s future plans include the continued development of the large West Sak heavy oil satellite, the redevelopment of the Kuparuk “A” sands using coiled tubing and extended reach drilling technologies, and another look at the Ugnu development.

Kuparuk has long been a pioneer in the development of new technology and a leader in environmental stewardship.

In 1999, the Kuparuk River Unit was presented with the Environmental Protection Agency Award for Pollution Prevention. This was the first time such a prestigious award was given to an Alaska company and it was the first time the award was given to an oilfield.

Kuparuk went on to receive the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission Environmental Stewardship award, and become a proud member of the Alaska Green Star program. These national and local recognitions are all symbols of the outstanding efforts by our employees and contractors who have made environmental consciousness part of daily routine at Kuparuk. This grassroots effort has grown and evolved to include ConocoPhillips’ support of conservation and access programs supporting key fish and wildlife habitats in Alaska.

I’m sure there are many stories about Kuparuk, but there seems to be a common thread through our history, that’s our people. With an average winter population of more than 1,200 workers, Kuparuk has become its own community whose people reach out across this great state. Each year the field generates thousands of Alaska jobs and millions in state revenues, which benefit every Alaskan and support the communities where we live.

I’m proud of their commitment to safety and this year Kuparuk will receive its OSHA VPP Star certification for those efforts. Many of the people who work at Kuparuk are your neighbors. They volunteer their time and energy at home as well as work. It’s the dedication of these men and women that make me so optimistic about the next 25 years.

Our past, present, and future successes are a result of the innovation, commitment and passion shared by these men and women.



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