40 Years at Prudhoe Bay: BP, ARCO prepare to tame an elephant
Initial development of the Prudhoe Bay field relies on seasoned workers, innovative logistics and historic equipment sealifts
As the dust settled after the Prudhoe Bay oil field was discovered in 1968, BP began development drilling, using Nabors 18-E and Brinkerhoff Rig 36.
Everett Potter, then a drilling consultant for BP, said rig technology has come a long way since those days.
“We used to tear the rigs down to the gro....
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Unprecedented sealift shipments
Massive capital investment in the ’70s
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