Industry Report: Research efforts aim to improve Arctic transport for E&P operations ///

With estimates of 100 billion bbl of total oil in place beneath the North Slope and 200 Tcf of technically recoverable gas statewide, Alaska will continue to play an important role in supplying US energy demands. But energy exploration and development in Alaska is dependent upon the ability to access remote areas under challenging conditions. Ice roads are commonly constructed to transport equipment for oil and gas development. These roads, constructed by spraying fresh water and letting it freeze into a hard surface, are designed to disappear during warm weather, minimizing impacts to the tundra and the state’s pristine habitats.

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