ConocoPhillips earned $361 million in Alaska in the third quarter of the year.
That’s a slight increase over the $356 million ConocoPhillips earned in the third quarter of 2009, but down from the $381 ConocoPhillips million earned in the second quarter.
While earnings have zigzagged over the past two years, production keeps falling.
ConocoPhillips produced 215,000 barrels of oil and natural gas liquids in Alaska in the third quarter of 2010, down both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter. The company produced 221,000 bpd in the second quarter and 229,000 in the third quarter of 2009.
However, ConocoPhillips continues to produce more liquids in Alaska than in the Lower 48, where the company produced 160,000 bpd in the third quarter of the year.
Oil prices remain relatively level following the huge swings of 2008. ConocoPhillips reported an average sales price of $75.87 per barrel of Alaska North Slope crude in the third quarter, down $1.57 quarter over quarter, but up $7.96 year over year.
ConocoPhillips produced 82 million cubic feet of natural gas in Alaska in the third quarter, even from the second quarter but down from 105 mmcfpd year-over-year.
Alaska natural gas prices fell to $4.59 per thousand cubic feet in the third quarter, down from $4.73 per mcf in the second quarter and $4.87 per mcf in the third quarter of 2009.
Liquefied natural gas sales are down considerably year over year.
ConocoPhillips sold 49 mmcfpd of LNG in the third quarter of 2010, down from 51 mmcfpd in the second quarter of the year and 82 mmcfpd in the third quarter of last year.
But LNG prices are on the rise.
ConocoPhillips reported an average sales price of $12.84 per mcf in the third quarter, up from $12.08 per mcf in the second quarter and $8.29 per mcf in the third quarter of 2009.
ConocoPhillips and partner Marathon Oil recently got federal approval to continue LNG exports to Asian markets for at least another two years, until March 31, 2013.
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