ExxonMobil resumes drilling on Alaska’s North Slope
ExxonMobil informed that it has resumed drilling at Point Thomson on Alaska’s North Slope as construction continues toward bringing the initial production system online.
The initial production system is designed to produce up to 10,000 barrels per day of natural gas condensate and is scheduled for startup in 2016. Two injection wells will work in tandem with a production well, cycling up to 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day through an onsite central processing facility. The condensate will then be transported by a 22-mile pipeline to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.
The Point Thomson reservoir holds an estimated 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and associated condensate, a high quality hydrocarbon similar to kerosene or diesel. The gas represents 25 percent of known gas resources on the North Slope and could be used to partially underpin the proposed Alaska LNG project.
As of year-end 2014, ExxonMobil and working interest owners have invested more than $2.6 billion in the development of Point Thomson.
Point Thomson is located on state acreage along the Beaufort Sea, 60 miles east of Prudhoe Bay and 60 miles west of the village of Kaktovik.