The Kuparuk River Unit is the second largest oil field in North America, covering 170,000 acres. The field is located 40 miles west of Prudhoe Bay, in the Arctic coastal plain. Oil was discovered in the area in 1969 by ARCO and production began in 1981. ConocoPhillips is the majority owner of the Kuparuk River Unit. Other companies with an ownership stake include BP Amoco, Unocal, ExxonMobil, and ChevronTexaco. It currently produces approximately 230,000 barrels of oil per day. It is estimated to have 6 billion barrels of original oil in place, and 2 billion barrels of recoverable oil reserves. The links below provide additional information on Kuparuk. If you would like to suggest a site to be added to this list, please contact us.
EPA’s 1999 Evergreen Award for Pollution Prevention - Recognizes the pollution prevention efforts of the Kuparuk River Oil Field.
Approval of the Ninth Expansion of the Kuparuk River Unit Area - from the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas.
Approval of the Eighth Expansion of the Unit Area and the Ninth Expansion of the Kuparuk Participating Area - from the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas.
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