Anadarko to resume exploration, drilling in North Slope foothills

8/2/2011

Anadarko to resume exploration, drilling in North Slope foothills

According to the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. will test its Chandler No. 1 gas discovery made in 2009 in the foothills region of the southern North Slope, the company said. The company will move equipment to the site for testing later this year when cold weather allows the construction of a snow road, Anadarko spokesman Mark Hanley said.

While Anadarko did not conduct a production test on the Chandler well in 2009, it did conduct a test on another nearby gas exploration well. Results of that test have not been disclosed, Hanley said.

Anadarko has been active in exploring in the foothills region for several years but took a two-year hiatus after PetroCanada, who was a partner with Anadarko in the foothills exploration, merged with Suncor Energy in 2009. Suncor remained in the venture along with BG Energy and Anadarko, and has now approved its share of expenses related to the planned testing.

Encana and BP were previous partners with Anadarko in the foothills, but have pulled out.

Hanley said Anadarko will build a snow road about 75 miles to the Chandler site from the Dalton Highway and testing will be done without a drill rig.

Discussions are also underway with Linc Energy, an Australian-based independent, about coordinating winter exploration logistics with that company's plan to do test drilling at Umiat, a small oil field within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska about 13 miles west of the Chandler discovery.

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