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Amid Production Cuts, Alaska Tightens Belt With Controversial Proposals

March 7, 2016

As operators and service companies work on lowering their expenses to help weather the storm of plunging oil prices, states that are dependent on oil production are doing the same. None, perhaps, more than Alaska. With more than 88 percent of its budget dependent on oil and gas revenue, the state – home to the… Continue Reading »

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NOAA Finds Remains of Lost 1800s Whaling Fleet Off Alaska

January 9, 2016

NOAA  archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two 1800s whaling ships nearly 144 years after they and 31 others sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one of the planet’s most unexplored ocean regions. The shipwrecks, and parts of other ships, that were found are most likely the remains of 33 ships trapped… Continue Reading »

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Repsol Drilling Delay Adds to Oil Patch Chill in Alaska

October 15, 2015

A restructuring of Repsol SA’s Alaska drilling project is adding to the state’s woes in the midst of the biggest oil slump since 2009. Repsol sold stakes in development and exploratory acreage in northern Alaska to its partner, Armstrong Oil & Gas Inc., for more than $800 million, according to a statement from Armstrong. The companies… Continue Reading »

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Shell Ceases Alaska Exploration Activity

September 30, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell plc announced Monday that it will cease exploration activity offshore Alaska after failing to make a commercial find at the Burger J well, located in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. The well was drilled to a total depth of 6,800 feet and although indications of oil and gas were found at Burger J, they were “not… Continue Reading »

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Sinking Vessel Causes Oil Spill in Alaska

September 6, 2015

A Unified Command has been formed to respond to a vessel sinking and resultant 10-30 gallon oil spill in Sitka, Alaska, the Coast Guard informed. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Coast Guard Sector Juneau, Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Sitka, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, National Park Service and the vessel’s owner are working with Sitka… Continue Reading »

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Clinton Parts With Obama Administration On Arctic Drilling

August 21, 2015

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, putting her at odds with the Obama administration one day after it approved drilling off Alaska. “The Arctic is a unique treasure,” Clinton said in a Twitter post. “Given what we know, it’s not worth the risk of drilling.”… Continue Reading »

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Alcatel-Lucent, Quintillion to Build Subsea Cable in Alaska

July 30, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) and Quintillion Subsea Holdings LLC have entered into a turnkey contract for the design and construction of a submarine cable system from Prudhoe Bay to Nome. ASN has started marine route survey and installation activities for the implementation of the system. With a capacity of at least 10 terabits-per-second (Tbit/s) per fiber… Continue Reading »

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88 Energy Raises $8.8 Million to Fund Project Icewine

July 24, 2015

88 Energy Limited announced Wednesday that it has completed a share placing operation to raise $8.8 million, which will help fund exploration programs onshore Alaska. Funds from the share placement, which was “strongly oversubscribed” according to the company, will be applied to progress exploration at 88 Energy’s Project Icewine, which covers 98,182 acres of Alaska’s… Continue Reading »

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BSEE Confirms No Damage to Shell Capping Stack

July 21, 2015

Two Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) personnel conducted inspections of Shell Oil Co. marine vessels Noble Discoverer and the semi-submersible drilling unit Transocean Polar Pioneer in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. While onboard the vessels, BSEE inspectors reviewed drilling equipment, assessed overall readiness, and tested key safety devices. They also verified BOEM lease stipulations, environmental… Continue Reading »

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Fugro Lands Alaska LNG G&G Job

June 8, 2015

Fugro has been awarded a large geotechnical and geophysical (G&G) programme by ExxonMobil Alaska LNG LLC (AKLNG – a consortium of ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, British Petroleum, TransCanada and the State of Alaska). The 2015 G&G programme follows successful completion of a similar but smaller programme carried out by Fugro in 2014. The geotechnical scope of work… Continue Reading »

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