The wells will be focused on the prospective Harpoon area southwest of the company’s existing projects in the reserve, ConocoPhillips Alaska Vice President Scott Jepsen said during a presentation last week to the Alaska Support Industry Alliance. This project has now pushed back the plans for the start of the Willow Development to around 2025-2026. Jepsen: “We want to get more confidence around the geology and reservoir characteristics of the field.” The company expects to hire close to 400 workers over one winter construction season to complete the project. Drilling will be done from the Nuna pad and a Kuparuk pad to minimize new infrastructure costs. ConocoPhillips in June announced purchase of the Nuna project from Dallas-based independent Caelus Energy. Caelus estimated up to 20,000 barrels per day from the project. Nuna will be part of the Kuparuk River Unit and its oil will be processed through Kuparuk facilities, lowering development cost, according to Jepsen. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ConocoPhillips will drill seven new exploratory wells in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska this winter. According to the company first production is anticipated in 2022.