ConocoPhillips set new record for North Slope horizontal oil drilling; production on slope holding steady

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By Tim Bradner

North Slope production held steady in April compared with March and April of 2021, according to production data released May 1 by Alaska’s Department of Revenue.

The Alpine field, one of three larger fields on the slope, has been restored to average production after being cut 8,000 barrels per day in January and February as operator ConocoPhillips dealt with an unusual underground gas release.

In another development, ConocoPhillips completed its first long horizontal production well to a new project in the Alpine Field located approximately 34 miles west of Kuparuk. The well was drilled to 35,526 feet, a new record for an Alaska horizontal well.

That distance means the

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