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Article Thumbnail Image Chapter I - This report presents fourteen storage assessment units (SAUs) from the Alaska North Slope and two SAUs from the Kandik Basin of Alaska. The Alaska North Slope is a broad, north-dipping coastal plain that is underlain by a thick succession of sedimentary rocks that accumulated...
Wednesday, June 11, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The U.S. Geological Survey, in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the North Slope Borough, and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation conducted a four-year study designed to identify, define, and delineate a shallow coalbed natural gas (CBNG) resource with the potential to...
Friday, March 28, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image We used Rock-Eval pyrolysis and vitrinite reflectance to examine the petroleum source potential of rock samples from the Sheep Creek 1 well in the Susitna basin of south-central Alaska. The results show that Miocene nonmarine coal, carbonaceous shale, and mudstone are potential sources of...
Thursday, January 09, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Complete penetration of the Otuk Formation in a continuous drill core (diamond-drill hole, DDH 927) from the Red Dog District illuminates the facies, age, depositional environment, source rock potential, and isotope stratigraphy of this unit in northwestern Alaska. The section, in the Wolverine...
Thursday, September 12, 2013  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Stranded gas resources are defined for this study as gas resources in discrete accumulations that are not currently commercially producible, or producible at full potential, for either physical or economic reasons. Approximately 35 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of stranded gas was identified on...
Friday, July 19, 2013  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Gas hydrates are naturally occurring crystalline, ice-like substances that consist of natural gas molecules trapped in a solid-water lattice. Because of the compact nature of their structure, hydrates can effectively store large volumes of gas and, consequently, have been identified as a...
Thursday, June 27, 2013  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image  The Amerasia Basin Petroleum Province encompasses the Canada Basin and the sediment prisms along the Alaska and Canada margins, outboard from basinward margins (hingelines) of the rift shoulders that formed during extensional opening of the Canada Basin. The province includes...
Friday, November 16, 2012  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The Arctic Alaska Petroleum Province encompasses all lands and adjacent continental shelf areas north of the Brooks Range-Herald arch tectonic belts and south of the northern (outboard) margin of the Alaska rift shoulder. Even though only a small part is thoroughly explored, ...
Friday, November 16, 2012  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image On May 2, 2012 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the completion of the field testing phase of the Ignik Sikumi gas hydrate production test well project on the North Slope of Alaska. This test was an important step forward in gas hydrate research...
Thursday, May 24, 2012  Type: Field Report

Article Thumbnail Image National Oil and Gas Assessment Project: The USGS estimated potential, technically recoverable oil and gas resources for source rocks of the Alaska North Slope. Estimates (95-percent to 5-percent probability) range from zero to 2 billion barrels of oil and from zero to nearly 80 trillion cubic...
Friday, February 24, 2012  Type: Press Release & Publication
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Overview

There are several energy-related efforts currently under way in Alaska. Geographically, these range from the Alaska Peninsula to the North Slope. Several are collaborative efforts with Federal and State agencies and Alaska Native villages. These projects:

  • Circum-Arctic Basins Oil & Gas Assessment An ongoing effort of the World Energy Project
  • Geologic Framework and Assessment Studies, North Slope of Alaska including the National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska (NPRA) and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) 1002 Area
  • Gas Hydrate Studies in northern Alaska
  • Coalbed Gas Studies
  • Digital Geologic Map Compilation
  • Interior Alaska Province Review and Yukon Flats Assessment
  • South Alaska Province Review
photo: Southward view across Brooks Range foothills.
Southward view across Brooks Range
foothills. Nanushuk Formation in
foreground. (Larger Image).

Alaska Energy Issues

Alaska’s scenic wilderness, its Arctic ecosystems with their unique flora and fauna, and its significant potential for energy and mineral resources are unmatched by any other onshore region of the U.S. Thus, the accurate and unbiased scientific data provided by the U.S. Geological Survey are crucial to the Federal, State, and Native organizations that manage Alaska’s resources to meet the challenge of balancing America’s needs for nonrenewable resources and a clean and healthy environment.

 

David Houseknecht
Project Chief

Research

NPRA
National Petroleum Reserve
in Alaska (NPRA)

Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA)

Current work focused on assessment of the area west of NPRA and aggregation of all North Slope assessments with an update of the economics, including natural gas.

The 2010 assessment supersede those of a previous assessment completed by the USGS in 2002.

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) 1002 Area
ANWR, 1002 Area

Assessment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) 1002 Area

The “1002 area” is a 1.5-million-acre part of the coastal plain that holds potentially large oil and gas resources, and is an important wildlife habitat. In recognition of these facts, a decision regarding whether this area should be opened to petroleum exploration has been deferred since the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife...

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Central North Slope of Alaska

Oil and Gas Assessment of Central North Slope, Alaska

In 2005 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) completed an assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the central Alaska North Slope and the adjacent offshore belonging to the State of Alaska. This area lies between the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and extends from  the Brooks Range northward to the State-Federal... [+]

boundary Oil and Gas Assessment of Central North Slope, Alaska, 2005
USGS Fact Sheet 2005-3043

U.S. Geological Survey 2005 Oil and Gas Resource Assessment of the Central North Slope, Alaska: Play Maps and Results. By Christopher P. Garrity, David W. Houseknecht, Kenneth J. Bird, Christopher J. Potter, Thomas E. Moore, Philip H. Nelson, and Christopher J. Schenk. USGS Open-File Report 2005-1182

Economics of Undiscovered Oil and Gas in the Central North Slope, Alaska. By Emil D. Attanasi, Kenneth J. Bird, and Philip A. Freeman. USGS National Assessment of Oil and Gas Fact Sheet 2005-3120

Economics of Undiscovered Oil and Gas in the Central North Slope, Alaska. By Emil D Attanasi and Philip A. Freeman. USGS Open-File Report 2005-1276 


Gas Hydrates
Gas Hydrates in Northern Alaska

Gas Hydrate Studies in Northern Alaska

In 2008 USGS completed the first assessment of the undiscovered technically recoverable gashydrate resources on the North Slope of Alaska. Using a geologybased assessment methodology, the USGS estimates that there are about 85 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of undiscovered, technically recoverable gas resources within gas hydrates in northern Alaska.

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Digital Geologic Map Compilation
Digital Geologic Map Compilation

Digital Geologic Map Compilation

Compilation of existing geologic maps of the northern foothills of the Brooks Range, from the Chukchi Sea eastward to the Canadian border. This work is a collaboration between the USGS and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) and the Division of Oil and Gas.

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NPRA Seismic Data Archive
NPRA Seismic Data Archive

NPRA Seismic Data Archive

The National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska, (NPRA) Legacy Data Archive represents one of the largest geological and geophysical data sets held by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). From 1944 to 1953 the U.S. Navy operated a large-scale exploration of the then Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 4, drilling 36 test wells and 45 core tests. A second extensive exploration program was operated between 1974 and 1982...

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Data

Circum-Arctic Assessment Map

National Oil and Gas Assessment
The Energy Resources Program provides periodic assessments of the oil and natural gas endowment of the United States.

Circum-Arctic Basins Oil & Gas Assessment is an ongoing effort of the World Energy Project that includes northern Alaska.

 

 

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Map of geothermal lithoplates

Southward view across Brooks Range foothills. Nanushuk Formation in foreground.
Photo by Dave Houseknecht (USGS).

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NPRAWEBver2010 slides
NPRAWEBver2010 slides

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