MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US private oil company Caelus Energy found a major oil field in the state waters at Smith Bay, on Alaska's North Slope, the company said in a press release.
"Based on two wells drilled in early 2016 as well as 126 square miles of existing 3D seismic, Caelus estimates the oil in place under the current leasehold to be 6 billion barrels. Furthermore, the Smith Bay fan complex may contain upwards of 10 billion barrels of oil in place when the adjoining acreage is included," the press release issued Tuesday said.
The projected recovery for Smith Bay is about 2.4 billion barrels, which makes it the third largest oil field in Alaska after Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk River fields, operated by BP and ConocoPhillips, respectively. Caelus Energy is currently developing two smaller fields in Alaska, Nuna and Oooguruk, whose joint recovery is estimated at 215 million barrels.