The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) approved on November 28, 2017, Eni’s drilling plans for the Beaufort Sea offshore Alaska. It’s the 1st oil exploration in Arctic federal waters since Shell abandoned its campaign in 2015.
Drilling the exploratory well from a man-made artificial island in the Beaufort Sea is expected to start as early as this December, the BSEE said.
The project is expected to produce 20,000 barrels of oil a day and a minimum of 100-150 jobs in the region.
The bureau’s approval allows the italian company to move forward with new exploration in federal waters, but only after a thorough review by BSEE Alaska Region personnel to ensure the request met appropriate technical adequacy, safety and environmental sustainability standards, the bureau explained.
Eni’s exploratory drilling will take place on Spy Island, a man-made artificial island approximately 3 miles offshore of Oliktok Point, in State of Alaska waters.
Both the island and Oliktok point are already home to Eni production facilities comprising 18 producing wells, 13 injector wells and one disposal well.
Eni is now proposing to use extended-reach drilling techniques to drill into federal submerged lands.
The extended reach drilling will target a formation in the newly formed Harrison Bay Block 6423 unit, a 13-lease unit on the OCS that BSEE approved in December 2016.
Eni will explore the Harrison Bay Block 6423 Unit in partnership with Shell and plans to drill 2 explorations wells plus 2 potential sidetracks over the next 2 years.
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