Nikaitchuq Oil Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: ENI
  • Country: USA
  • Location: North Slope, Alaska
  • Production start: 2011
  • Partners: ENI - 100%
  • Type: Oil
  • Estimated Reserves: recoverable reserves estimated at 220 million barrels of oil
  • Production Volume:


  • The field is located offshore the North Slope of Alaska in a water depth of 3 meters
  • Nikaitchuq's full development involves drilling 52 wells
    • (26 oil producers, 21 water injectors, 5 water source/disposal wells)
  • Development of Nikaitchuq included the construction of facilities both on land and on an artificial island
  • Nikaitchuq horizontal wells are the most complex wells drilled by the industry to date in Alaska, with a lateral displacement that extends up to 22,000’ (7 km).
  • The field treatment plant is able to handle 40,000 barrels per day of crude oil and up to 120,000 barrels per day of water.
  • Nikaitchuq production is transported through the Trans Alaska Pipeline System


  • Mustang:
    • Detail engineering, design and procurement services for two processing modules
    • Detailed engineering for the integrated control and safety systems
  • INTECSEA: Pre-FEED, FEED, Detail Design and Construction Support on subsea flowlines


  • 2005 - ENI becomes 30% owner after acquiring Armstrong
  • 2007 - ENI acquired a 70% stake from Kerr-McGee, becoming 100% owner
  • 2008 - Development of the field launched
  • 2011 - First oil produced
  • 2014 - Production reached 25,000 bpd



  1. Eni acquires additional interest in Alaska's Nikaitchuq field, being now operator of the project with the 100% working interest
  2. Eni starts development of its first operated project in Alaska
  3. Mustang Completes Engineering for Eni Nikaitchuq Arctic Production Facility Modules
  4. Eni starts production from the Nikaitchuq field in Alaska
  5. Eni: achieved the 25 thousand barrels per day production milestone at Nikaitchuq oil field in Alaska

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