North Slope crude production rises in October

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Production of crude oil on Alaska's North Slope averaged nearly 992,000 barrels per day in October -- an increase of 11.3 percent over September.

At Prudhoe Bay alone, production averaged just more than 478,000 barrels a day.

Two-thirds of the Prudhoe wells that were taken off line by BP Exploration (Alaska) following an explosion in August have been put back in production, according to the state Department of Revenue.

BP shut down 137 wells for testing after the explosion at one well severely injured a worker. Sixty of the wells were back in production as of Oct. 1, and 94 were producing as of Nov. 1.

The daily production impact of the remaining shut-in wells is 10,000 barrels, according to BP spokesman Paul Laird.

North Slope production began in 1977 and peaked at 2 million barrels per day in 1988.

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