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Thank you to Advancial and Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) for hosting Houston Energy Alumni at Fratelli's. Kara Moriarty, CEO and President, AOGA, shared information on the industry in Alaska, which generated a number of questions from those in the audience. It was a great evening of delicious Italian ravioli, meatballs, bruchetta and pizza, beverages and a chance to catch up with friends and colleagues. The swag on the tables was a mix of eclectic items from measuring cups and first aid kits to collapsible bowls and pocket mirrors. All the swag was gone by the end of the evening.

A number of BP Alaska alums are adding their engineering expertise in BP locations from Angola and Trinidad to the Gulf of Mexico. Dave Daum, who joined BP Alaska in 2012, was able to attend the happy hour, having just returned from BP Angola. Dave is leaving BP to join Summit Carbon Solutions in Iowa from May 1. We look forward to sharing more about Dave's role building a carbon capture and sequestration pipeline once he settles into his new position with Summit Carbon Solutions. Laurie Climer joined BP in 2007 and is currently working GOM in Houston. After several years working in Russia, petroleum engineer Irwin Chau is working the Gulf of Mexico for the Na Kika asset. Tiffany Quy is in Houston after a number of exciting international assignments including Trinidad and Angola.

Chidi Igbokwe was teased by Kara Moriarty, AOGA, about being able to answer any tough Alaska questions, but Kara kept the stage and Chidi enjoyed catching up with friends.

With over 100 BP Alaska alums now working in Houston for BP, we were happy to have a number of people join the BP Alaska / Energy Alumni website including Michael Soules, Mare Bellinger, Charles Reynolds, Eliot Townsend, Kristin Sullivan and Anne-Christine Aycaguer. Thank you to Whitney King, Tiffany Quy and others who helped to spread the word.

Determination and grit define the Alaska energy industry 
- Kara Moriarty, AOGA
Great hearing from AOGA's Kara Moriarty about the Willow and Pikka development projects. I've since found that the AOGA website is a great resource for Alaska oil and gas news...and jobs
- Scott Tinkham

A special thank you to our sponsors, Advancial and AOGA. Julie Hardegree, Advancial, presents one of the door prizes to Irwin Chou, BP, Gulf of Mexico. Jim Sikes, Hilcorp Energy, Cindy Stowell, EOG Resources, Vicki Rau, Magna Oil and Gas, and Walt Bozeman also won door prizes.















ConocoPhillips Alaska announced that funding for the Nuna Project was approved. Before that, the company posted a press release Monday, March 13 announcing the Biden administration's approval of its decade long development plan for producing oil and gas for the nation and on June 1, the company announced that funding for the Nuna Project was approved..

Read the ConocoPhillips Willow Project Press Release here and the announcement issued by Alaska Oil and Gas Association on behalf of Alaska unions and business organizations.

Robin Glover, Senior Environmental Assurance Coordinator, ConocoPhillips in Houston, is excited that the Department of the Interior issued the Willow Record of Decision, adopting the three-pad project, and the Federal judge ruled that the Willow Project construction can move forward as environmental groups’ lawsuits proceed. "This is great news for Alaska and our nation as this project is important in securing America’s energy future," said Robin. "The world will still need hydrocarbons through the energy transition, and Willow can provide those in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Responsible operations are especially important in the sensitive ecosystem of Alaska’s North Slope. As a former ConocoPhillips Alaska employee, I can attest to the company’s commitment to environmental and social stewardship in Alaska."

Said ARCO and BP Alaska Alumnus, Frank Paskvan, “I'm onboard for Willow development. Willow plays a big part of America’s energy transition plan, and it's strongly supported by Alaskans across the State. ConocoPhillips is a great operator and we can do environmentally sound development in Alaska better than anywhere else".

Scott Tinkham, oil and gas professional and Baker Hughes alumnus, shared from the April 6 New York Times: “One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Willow project will be the North Slope Borough, which includes the eight communities across the northernmost part of the United States. About 95 percent of the borough’s annual $410 million budget comes from local taxes on oil and gas operations.

Oil money pays for a range of things, including a new basketball floor at the recreation center in Utqiagvik and heating bills for Nuiqsut residents.” The New York Times reported on April 6:

In Nuiqsut, a village of about 500 people and the closest town to the site of the drilling project, the only hotel is booked solid. It’s the Kuukpik Hotel, a row of metal trailers that also hosts the cafeteria that serves as the only restaurant in town — in fact, the only one for hundreds of miles. Sitting in the cafeteria on a recent Wednesday (“Steak Night” at the Kuukpik) oil workers from California, Oklahoma and other parts of Alaska said they were excited by the years of employment promised by the project, known as Willow. “I can probably retire on it,” one man said. 

A transition to renewable energy is going to take a long time, said Connor Dunn, a ConocoPhillips manager in Alaska. “There is going to be a significant need for U.S. domestic oil production for a great many decades to come,” he said. 

Willow will consist of as many as 199 wells spread across three drill sites, which the company believes could produce nearly 600 million barrels of oil over 30 years. That would make it the largest oil project in the United States.

Elevated pipelines seven feet above ground would carry oil from the drill sites to existing pipes at the Alpine site, eventually connecting with the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which stretches 800 miles from Alaska’s North Slope to Valdez in southern Alaska.

Another New York Times article on the same day shared that an analysis of global data shows that Willow represents a small fraction of hundreds of new oil and gas extraction projects approved in the past year across the world, including many more in the United States. And in the coming months, dozens of additional projects are expected to be approved.

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Travis Peltier is a Petroleum Reservoir Engineer with the Division of Oil and Gas, within the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.  In January, Travis went to Juneau twice to testify to SFIN and HFIN about the State of Alaska's Fall 2022 Oil Production Forecast that is published within the Department of Revenue's (DOR) Fall 2022 Revenue Sources Book (RSB). Travis severed from BP Alaska when they left the state, enjoyed seven months off and eventually returned to work in a role similar to what he was doing at BP Alaska and one in which he recognizes the importance of the work his team does for the State of Alaska.

"While looking for my next opportunity and managing the challenges of the pandemic and its impact on employment, I worked for a subsidiary company to NANA, an engineering firm called Kuna" said Travis. "They do some cool work in the mining industry, and I got to do some really awesome field work out at Red Dog Mine drilling geotechnical wells in the creek drainages away from the mine site, but my heart was still in Oil and Gas and I wanted to come back to that."
My heart was still in Oil and Gas and I wanted to come back to that  - Travis Peltier, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

"My team at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas, develops the oil production forecast over the fall, and shares the forecast with the Alaska Department of Revenue.  The oil production forecast is a critical piece of information needed to help Alaska's legislative bodies understand Alaska's revenue sources over the next decade.  My part in the testimony is to share the forecast, share how the forecast is developed, share results of how oil production turned out relative to the forecast in the most previous fiscal year, and answer any questions that our elected officials on those two committees have as they relate to the production forecast or actual historical production."

The Director of the Division of Oil and Gas, Derek Nottingham, and Commissioner Designee of the Department of Natural Resources, John Boyle, were also both with me and are both former BP Alaska employees as well. It was a very interesting and unique experience being able to testify to both chambers of the legislature, not something that a lot of engineers get the chance to do so I felt very honored to be representing my team!  The testimonies have been recorded on Gavel Alaska Archives. 

It was a very interesting and unique experience being able to testify to both chambers of the legislature  - Travis Peltier, Alaska Department of Natural Resources


The testimonies have been recorded on Gavel Alaska Archives.

Record snowfall led to the challenges of closed schools and snowed in streets on Wednesday, December 7. Thank you to Bob Valantas, Northern Lights Retiree Club President and Katie Nitzberg-Parmlee, Secretary for hosting the lunch. Our speakers, Walt Bass, VP Finance, COP Alaska and Kara Moriarty, CEO and President, AOGA, shared an update on the industry.

What an amazing turnout for such crazy weather. It shows the determination and grit never leave Alaskan oil and gas employees! 
- Kara Moriarty, AOGA
It was a nice lunch for those hearty enough to make it
- Michael Dyer

A special thank you to our sponsors, Advancial, Northern Lights Retiree Club, ConocoPhillips Alaska, and AOGA who made this event possible.

It was our pleasure to once again include the Food Bank of Alaska at our luncheon. Thank you to everyone who made a donation. If you want to make a donation, or volunteer, visit their website.

Despite the weather obstacles, it was well attended and all seemed to have an enjoyable time  - Tara Stevens, COP



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