Alaska September Oil Output Jumps 30% as Maintenance Ends

Alaska North Slope oil production rose 30 percent in September from the previous month as fields operated by BP Plc (BP/) and ConocoPhillips (COP) resumed production after annual maintenance ended.

Production averaged 516,296 barrels a day in September, up from 398,643 in August, the state’s tax division said on its website.

Production from Prudhoe Bay fields operated by BP rose to 271,444 barrels a day from 177,182 in August, when two fields, Milne Point and Northstar, and three Prudhoe Bay facilities were shut for maintenance during part of the month, said Dawn Patience, a BP spokeswoman in Anchorage.

“Operations are back to normal, and our maintenance season, which typically takes place in the summer because otherwise we are in arctic conditions, has wrapped up,” Patience said.

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