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Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Cretaceous Nanushuk and Torok Formations, Alaska North Slope, and summary of resource potential of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, 2017

Fact Sheet 2017-3088

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https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173088

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey estimated mean undiscovered, technically recoverable resources of 8.7 billion barrels of oil and 25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (associated and nonassociated) in conventional accumulations in the Cretaceous Nanushuk and Torok Formations in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, adjacent State and Native lands, and State waters. The estimated undiscovered oil resources in the Nanushuk and Torok Formations are significantly higher than previous estimates, owing primarily to recent, larger than anticipated oil discoveries.

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Houseknecht, D.W., Lease, R.O., Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Rouse, W.A., Jarboe, P.J., Whidden, K.J., Garrity, C.P., Lewis, K.A., Heller, S.J., Craddock, W.H., Klett, T.R., Le, P.A., Smith, R.A., Tennyson, M.E., Gaswirth, S.B., Woodall, C.A., Brownfield, M.E., Leathers-Miller, H.M., and Finn, T.M., 2017, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Cretaceous Nanushuk and Torok Formations, Alaska North Slope, and summary of resource potential of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3088, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173088.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Recent Oil Discoveries
  • Geological Framework and Definition of Assessment Units
  • Undiscovered Resources Summary
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Cretaceous Nanushuk and Torok Formations, Alaska North Slope, and summary of resource potential of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, 2017
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2017-3088
DOI:
10.3133/fs20173088
Year Published:
2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Eastern Energy Resources Science Center
Description:
4 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Alaska
Online Only (Y/N):
N