SIDEBAR: In ConocoPhillips’ words
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xOn its website ConocoPhillips describes its Alpine field operations as follows:
The Alpine Field, located approximately 34 miles west of Kuparuk, is one of the largest conventional onshore oil fields developed in North America in the past 25 years.
Alpine is a model for future oil developments as directional drilling and other innovations minimize its environmental footprint.
In 2019, net crude oil production was 27 MBOED (million barrels oil equivalent per day).
Alpine West CD5, a drill site that extends the Alpine reservoir into the NPR-A, achieved first production in 2015. The original project scope was completed in 2016
ConocoPhillips has substantially advanced the state of drilling technology at CD5. Favorable results have led to continued drilling and approval of two subsequent projects to expand CD5 up to its full 43-well slot capacity. The company has drilled Alaska’s 10 longest wells there, with one measuring over 33,000 feet in horizontal distance.