Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources in the Central North Slope of Alaska, 2020

Fact Sheet 2020-3001
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Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 3.6 billion barrels of oil and 8.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (associated and nonassociated) in conventional accumulations in Mississippian through Paleogene strata in the central North Slope of Alaska.

Suggested Citation

Houseknecht, D.W., Whidden, K.J., Connors, C.D., Lease, R.O., Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Rouse, W.A., Botterell, P.J., Smith, R.A., Sanders, M.M., Craddock, W.H., DeVera, C.A., Garrity, C.P., Buursink, M.L., Karacan, C.O., Heller, S.J., Moore, T.E., Dumoulin, J.A., Tennyson, M.E., French, K.L., Woodall, C.A., Drake, R.M., II, Marra, K.R., Finn, T.M., Kinney, S.A., and Shorten, C.M., 2020, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the central North Slope of Alaska, 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3001, 4 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Total Petroleum System and Assessment Units
  • Undiscovered Resources Summary
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Central North Slope of Alaska, 2020
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2020-3001
DOI 10.3133/fs20203001
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston VA
Contributing office(s) Eastern Energy Resources Science Center
Description Report: 4 p.; Data release
Country United States
State Alaska
Other Geospatial central North Slope
Online Only (Y/N) N
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