BP's Aurora field spurs high expectations

Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exloration (Alaska) Inc. expects its new Aurora oil field on the North Slope to produce 15,000 to 20,000 barrels of oil a day.

Aurora, a 30 million to 45 million barrel field next to Prudhoe Bay, began production late last year. BP, the operator of the Prudhoe field, drilled sideways into the Aurora reservoir from an existing Prudhoe production pad.

The field is now producing about 7,000 barrels of oil daily and is expected to reach full production in coming months, company officials said Friday.

In addition to BP, the field is owned mainly by Exxon Mobil and Phillips Petroleum.

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