For a while I was working at a job that took me to the North Slope of Alaska, and I had a blog about it (http://northernoil.wordpress.com/). That blog has become rather moribund, so I moved most of it over to this blog, but there was a fair amount of interest in it. This photo page is for people to get an idea what the North Slope looks like. More photos can be found at the Prudhoeman blog site, or here for photos of Kuparuk.
Gathering Center 2 (GC-2) on the west side of Prudhoe Bay.
Another shot of GC-2. The OT-21 transit line that leaked in March 2006 and shut down the field is seen on the left of the photo.
Because of the weather (read: damn cold), the well heads are enclosed in well houses. This one is at Kuparuk.
Here’s an inside shot of the above well house.
Everybody is interested in ice roads. This is the ice road to the Tarn Prospect, with the exploration well in the background. More pictures of ice roads are on a separate page, here.
In the summer the ice roads melt away. Here’s the aftermath of an exploration well at Alpine. Winter exploration using ice roads leaves little long-term impact on the tundra. Production wells are a different matter.
This is a caribou crossing where the pipelines are buried to allow caribou to cross over. The tracks in the foreground were made by caribou. These crossings are also the source of more than their share of corrosion and spills.
Here’s the new state-required marking on pipelines. From the left, crude oil (sales), incoming seawater, outgoing seawater, and gas lift.
Laying insulated aboveground pipe on the vertical support members (VSM). The pipe is laid in saddles that allow for pipe movement on the cross-beams.
Here’s the seawater treatment plant. Seawater is filtered, treated, and then injected down hole to help keep reservoir pressures up.