Alpine Oil Field, located 34 miles west of Kuparuk River Field on the North Slope of Alaska (Figure 1) and owned by Phillips Alaska (78%) and Anadarko Petroleum (22%), is estimated to contain more than 400 million barrels of proven plus potential oil and 1 billion barrels of oil in place. Following the discovery well drilled in 1994 (the ARCO Bergschrund 1), the field was delineated over two successive winter drilling seasons—six wells and four sidetracks were drilled in the delineation phase. In 1996, a 3-D seismic survey was acquired to prepare for field development.

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