Bill Fowler, who handles environmental permitting in Alaska for Anadarko Petroleum Corp., told PNA Aug. 15 that the company staked two exploration wells in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska for drilling in the upcoming season . He expects to file permit applications this week or early next week.
The well locations in the NPR-A are:
Altamura #1 (North) Sec 19 T9N R2E
Altamura #2 (South) Sec 31 T9N R2E
Both wells will be drilled on lease AA081736, which is 100 percent owned by Anadarko.
In case Anadarko has unexpected permitting problems or difficulty getting across the Colville River because of weather delays, Fowler said he might also submit permits for two wells at Whiskey Gulch “as a contingency.”
“We’ve had Nabors Rig 14E under a two-year contract. We’ve been paying for it since June, so we want to make sure we can drill,” he said. “The Whiskey Gulch prospect, south of Kuparuk, is close to infrastructure. We could run an ice road south from Kuparuk or east from Meltwater … or from Tarn.”
In the winter of 2002/2003 Fowler said Anadarko will “likely” drill in the Brooks Range foothills.
Anadarko elected not to drill in the foothills this year because of logistics challenges and water availability problems.
“Based on what we know now and assuming we can resolve some of the logistics and water issues in the foothills, we will probably drill the Dolly Varden prospect first because it’s close to the Haul Road and therefore the easiest logistically.”
Fowler said Anadarko has identified eight well sites in the Dolly Varden prospect that are anywhere from 10-25 miles from the Haul Road.”
Other Anadarko prospects, including Pingo, south of Badami, are still being evaluated and will be deferred, he said, “for a year or two.”