ConocoPhillips Alaska

Cutting Edge Technologies

We are committed to finding, developing and implementing the best possible technology to meet the challenges we face on Alaska’s North Slope. We are constantly upgrading our drilling technology to minimize our footprint while maximizing the amount of recoverable oil; we continuously maintain our infrastructure to prevent problems before they occur; and we are proud to be on the frontier of oil exploration and development in Alaska.​​​​

​​Cutting edge technology meets its match in Alaska, where innovative techniques are used to address the extremely complex subsurface, drilling and production challenges Alaska has to offer. Our employees in Alaska are focused on making advancements in reservoir, drilling, production and operations technologies.

One great example of technology used to address the complex challenges of the Kuparuk field is our purpose-built Coiled Tubing Drilling (CTD) rig, CDR2. ConocoPhillips Alaska’s CTD team designed, started up and now operates the most advanced CTD rig in the world. 

CTD is a leading-edge technology that utilizes spools of continuous tubing to re-enter existing wells and then drill multiple horizontal lateral wells from a central wellbore. CTD rig Nabors CDR2 has drilled about 80 wells since it began operations in 2009, resulting in the addition of about 14 million barrels of incremental oil (gross) to date. CDR2 has shown steady, continuous improvement since startup and is now an integral part of the Kuparuk redevelopment plan, accessing challenged oil within this structurally complex reservoir.
In 2014, the rig drilled 19 wells and completed more than 96,000 feet of new wellbore, record numbers for the Kuparuk program. Based on the success of CDR2, another rig is on order and is expected to double the capacity to develop challenging oil reserves.