Hilcorp Energy has started production at its new Moose Pad viscous oil project in the Milne Point field on the North Slope, the company said. Milne Point is owned 50-50 by Hilcorp and BP, but is operated by Hilcorp. “Production at Moose Pad came online in early April at an initial rate of 3,000 barrels per day flowing from two wells. Drilling and facility construction activities are ongoing. The facilities will make it possible to bring on additional production from our planned total of more than twenty-five producing wells,” Lori Nelson, a Hilcorp spokesperson, said in an email. Peak production is anticipated to be approximately 22,000 barrels per day. Hilcorp will invest over $400 million to build and develop Moose Pad and its facilities.
The company is planning for growth, however. David Wilkins, Hilcorp’s senior vice president for Alaska, told an industry conference in Anchorage last November that an oil processing plant built on the 14-acre Moose Pad is capable of handling 85,000 b/d of fluids, and the pad itself is designed to accommodate up to 50 wells. Moose Pad is at the western edge of the Milne Point field near the Kuparuk River field boundary. The 14-acre pad is the first new production pad built in Milne Point since 2002.