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Developments in Alaska in 1962

Keith W. Calderwood
Developments in Alaska in 1962
Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1963) 47 (6): 1200-1212


During 1962, 23 exploratory wells were drilled compared with 20 in 1961. Development wells decreased from 29 to 13. First offshore drilling commenced in 1962 from 2 barges and 1 platform in Cook Inlet basin and from 1 platform along the Alaska Peninsula. Offshore drilling in Cook Inlet was discontinued in Nov. due to winter ice but will be resumed in early spring. First wells were drilled on the W. side of Cook Inlet. Three new gas fields were discovered during 1962 and 1 offshore gas blow-out was burning. No fields were found. A seismic crew was air-lifted to the Arctic (North) Slope and shooting commenced in the area E. of Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 4. This is the first seismic work in the area since the U.S. Navy Dept. discontinued exploration in 1953. Seismic mapping increased from 73 1/4 crew-months in 1961 to 81 1/4 crew months in 1962 with all of the increase due to offshore sparker-gas exploder work. Surface geologic exploration decreased 25.9%. An increase in surface geologic work and also seismic activity is expected in 1963. The Arctic (North) Slope is to receive the greatest increase. Exploratory drilling may show a slight decline and development drilling a continued decline.

ISSN: 0883-9247
Serial Title: Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Serial Volume: 47
Serial Issue: 6
Title: Developments in Alaska in 1962
Pages: 1200-1212
Published: 1963
Text Language: English
Publisher: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Accession Number: 1963-008618
Categories: Economic geology, general
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus., tables
N51°00'00" - N72°00'00", W130°00'00" - E173°00'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Bibliography and Index of North American Geology, U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, United States
Update Code: 1963
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