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Alaska oil production up 30 percent after maintenance projects end

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published October 2, 2012

What many people who don't pay close attention to Alaska oil production may not know is that the flow of black stuff from the state's North Slope oil patch experiences a decline during the summer, as various annual maintenance projects temporarily halt its flow.

The state tax division notes that with this September's close, and the end of a number of maintenance projects at large fields, oil production has returned to more than half a million barrels a day, increasing 30 percent from August to September, Bloomberg News reports.

"Operations are back to normal, and our maintenance season, which typically takes place in the summer because otherwise we are in arctic conditions, has wrapped up," said BP's Dawn Patience in Anchorage

The amount of oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline returned to 516,296 barrels a day on average in September after dipping down to an average 398,643 barrels a day in August.

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