BP agrees to sale of interests in four Alaska North Slope assets

Release date: 22 April 2014
  • BP to focus on giant Prudhoe Bay oilfield and progressing Alaska LNG opportunity
  • Hilcorp to operate Milne Point, Endicott, and Northstar oilfields
  • Introduction of new North Slope partner expected to increase activity
BP today announced that it has agreed to sell interests in four BP-operated oilfields on the North Slope of Alaska to Hilcorp. The sale agreement includes all of BP’s interests in the Endicott and Northstar oilfields and a 50 percent interest in each of the Liberty and the Milne Point fields. The sale also includes BP’s interests in the oil and gas pipelines associated with these fields.

“This agreement will help build a more competitive and sustainable business for BP in Alaska” said BP Upstream Chief Executive Lamar McKay. “It will allow us to play to two of our great strengths, managing giant fields and gas value chains. We will now concentrate on continuing development and production from the giant Prudhoe Bay field and working to advance the future opportunity of Alaska LNG.“

The agreement does not affect BP’s position as operator and co-owner of the Prudhoe Bay oilfield nor its other interests in Alaska. BP also expects to submit a development plan for Liberty by the end of 2014. As a result of the sale and subject to approval, Hilcorp is expected to become the operator of the Endicott, Northstar and Milne Point oilfields and their associated pipelines and infrastructure.

“There are some big benefits from this transaction,” said Janet Weiss, President of BP’s Alaska Region. “BP will be able to focus on maximizing production from Prudhoe Bay and advancing the Alaska LNG opportunity. Hilcorp takes ownership of two mature oil fields ready for new investment and activity, and it will operate a third field that is primed for accelerated production. And, the state gets another accomplished operator working the North Slope. Thanks to tax reform, Alaska is now on course for increased investment and production and even the possibility of LNG.”

BP remains committed to its plans for increased investment at Prudhoe Bay, which have resulted from recent oil tax reform by the State of Alaska. The plans include adding two drilling rigs, one in 2015 and a second in 2016, for a total incremental $1 billion investment over five years. These activities are expected to account for 200 Alaska jobs and 30-40 additional wells being drilled each year, bringing a boost to both the company’s operations and the state’s economy.

Approximately 250 employees are associated with the assets included in the agreement and the company is committed to providing clarity about their future as soon as possible. The majority of those BP employees at or supporting Milne Point, Endicott and Northstar are expected to be offered positions with Hilcorp with no break in employment.

Together the assets included in the sale represent approximately 19,700 barrels of oil equivalent a day (boe/d) of net production for BP, less than 15 percent of BP’s total net production on the North Slope.

The sale, which will be subject to state and federal regulatory approval, is anticipated to be complete by the end of the year. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed.

About BP in Alaska:

BP is one of the largest oil producers in Alaska, and BP-operated oil fields account for two-thirds of all Alaska production. These operations include Prudhoe Bay, the largest oil field in North America which also ranks among the 20 largest fields ever discovered worldwide. BP’s Alaska North Slope assets include ownership in the Greater Kuparuk Area, Point Thomson and the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. BP’s Alaska operations currently support the jobs of 2,300 Alaska employees and more than 20,500 additional Alaska jobs. For more information visit: alaska.bp.com.  

About BP in the US:

Over the past five years, BP has invested nearly $50 billion in the US – more than any other energy company. BP is a leading producer of oil and gas and provides enough energy annually to light nearly the entire country for a year. Employing approximately 20,000 people in all 50 states, BP supports more than 260,000 jobs total through all of its business activities. For more information, go to: www.bp.com/us.

About Hilcorp:

Hilcorp is one of the largest privately-held independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States. The company has over 1,100 employees with operations across the United States including the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, Northeast US and Alaska's Cook Inlet and has a track record of unlocking production and resources from mature fields. For more information see: www.hilcorp.com

Notes to editors:

  • Milne Point, located about 25 miles west of Prudhoe Bay, was discovered in 1969 and began production in 1985. BP became the operator in 1994. In 2013, average net BP production from Milne Point was about 15,800 boe/d. Current ownership: BP 100%.
  • Northstar is located about six miles northwest of Prudhoe Bay in about 39 feet of water, and started production in 2001. The unit sits in state and federal waters. In 2013, average net BP production from Northstar was about 6,800 boe/d. Current ownership: BP 98.6%, Murphy 1.4%
  • Liberty is located on federal leases about six miles offshore in the Beaufort Sea and east of the Prudhoe Bay oilfield. BP drilled the Liberty discovery well in 1997 and expects to submit the Liberty Development and Production Plan to the federal regulators by the end of 2014. Current ownership: BP 100%.
  • Endicott is located about three miles offshore. Endicott started production in 1987 and was the first continuously producing offshore field in the Arctic. Average net BP production from Endicott in 2013 was about 5,000 boe/d. Current ownership: BP 68%, ExxonMobil 21%, Chevron 11%.

Further Information:

Name: BP US Press Office
Phone: (281) 366-4463
Email: uspress@bp.com