STATE OF ALASKA
ALASKA OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION

3001 Porcupine Drive
Anchorage Alaska 99501-3192

Re:THE APPLICATION OF ARCO             )   Conservation Order No. 258
ALASKA, INC AND BP EXPLORATION        )
(ALASKA), INC for an order              )   Prudhoe Bay Field
exempting Prudhoe Bay Unit                )   Prudhoe Oil Pool
operators from requirements               )
of 20 AAC 25.280(a).                      )                
                                              September 12, 1990

IT APPEARING THAT:

1. ARCO Alaska, Inc and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc, operators of the Prudhoe Bay Field, Prudhoe Oil Pool, requested the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission by letter dated August 3, 1990 to exempt all wells in the Prudhoe Bay Field, Prudhoe Oil Pool, from the requirements of 20 AAC 25.280(a).

2. Notice of Public Hearing on this request was published in the Anchorage Daily News on August 9, 1990 pursuant to 20 AAC 25.540.

3. No protests to the application were received.

Findings

1. 20 AAC 25.280(a) requires operators to file an Application for Sundry Approvals (Form 10-403) and receive Commission approval prior to performing well workovers.

2. Current well activity in the Prudhoe Oil Pool is dominated by teh types of workover operations set forth in 20 AAC 25.280(a).

3. These workover operations include: 1) perforating or reperforating casing; 2) stimulating; 3) pulling tubing; 4) altering casing; and 5) repairing well.

4. Procedures for these well workovers have become standard and routine for wells in the Prudhoe Oil Pool.

5. Information required with the Application for Sundry Approvals for these operations is repetitive for wells in the Prudhoe Oil Pool.

6. Records and reports of well workovers must be maintained by the operator as required by 20 AAC 25.280(c).

7. Changes in well status or configuration and the results of well workover operations must be reported by the operation on a Report of Sundry Well Operations (Form 10-404) as required by 20 AAC 25.280(d).

Conclusions:

Elimination of the requirements of 20 AAC 25.280(a) for all wells in the Prudhoe Oil Pool of the Prudhoe Bay Field will not promote waste nor jeopardize correlative rights.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED

The requirements of 20 AAC 25.280(a) are hereby waived for those wells in the Prudhoe Oil Pool of the Prudhoe Bay Field.

DONE at Anchorage, Alaska and dated September 12, 1990.

Lonnie C. Smith, Commissioner
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

David W. Johnston, Commissioner
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

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