North Slope oil production ticked up again in 2017

January 2, 2018

For the second year in a row, there was an increase in the amount of oil flowing down the trans-Alaska pipeline.

That's according to its operator, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Alyeska announced that the pipeline's average throughput went up by about 10,000 barrels per day in 2017 compared to 2016, a'1.5 percent increase.

"When we see two years in a row of increase, it gives us lots of optimism for the state of Alaska and also for pipeline operations going forward," Michelle Egan, a spokesperson for Alyeska, said.

North Slope oil production declined steadily starting in the late 1980s, when throughput peaked at over two million barrels per day. Before 2016, the last uptick in pipeline throughput was in 2002. Back then, it carried over one million barrels per day. In 2017, throughput averaged 527,323 barrels daily.

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