Oil production drops in June

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2004

ANCHORAGE (AP) The amount of North Slope oil pumping through the trans-Alaska pipeline dropped 3.34 percent in June from the month before.

Oil producers blamed the fall on maintenance, high summer temperatures and the decline of oil reserves.

Crude oil production for the North Slope averaged 934,443 barrels per day for June, down from 966,869 in May.

BP Exploration's Endicott field saw the steepest drop for the month, producing 24,678 barrels per day, 9.58 percent less than in May.

Production also dropped at the Prudhoe Bay field by 6.53 percent to 431,444 barrels per day. Production fell at the Lisburne field by 2.6 percent, the Northstar field by 3.35 percent and the Alpine field by 3.45 percent.

Oil production increased at the Kuparuk River field by 2.76 percent and the Milne field by 5.29 percent.

Cook Inlet production averaged 24,411 barrels per day in June, down 2.86 percent from a May average of 25,130 barrels per day.

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