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Kuparuk DS 1L Well 22 Produced Water Spill



Incident Description

Incident Location Map

Location 1L Pad, Well #22, Kuparuk
Product/Quantity The product spilled was produced water, which contained a trace amount of crude oil. CPAI engineering calculations of the flow rate in the line and duration of release have increased from the initial volume estimate of 63,000 gallons (1,500 barrels) to 94,920 gallons (2,260 barrels).
Cause The cause of the spill has been determined to be internal corrosion of the 6-inch water injection line.
Time/Date of Incident ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. (CPAI) discovered the spill at 3:55 PM on December 25, 2008 and reported the spill to ADEC via the Alaska State Troopers at 4:16 PM.
Situation Reports
12/26/2008 (PDF 276K)
12/27/2008 (PDF 23K)
12/29/2008 (PDF 23K)
01/07/2008 (PDF 23K)
01/14/2010 (PDF 32K)
Photos
Rupured hole in 6 inch flow line. The size of the hole is approximately 3.5 x .25 inches. Insulation stripped in order to inspect damaged area of flow line. Excavator removing contaminated snow and ice from pad.
Ruptured hole in 6 inch flow line. The size of the hole is approximately 3.5 x .25 inches. Insulation stripped in order to inspect damaged area of flow line. Excavator removing contaminated snow and ice from pad.
Loading contaminated snow into the snow melter. < Loading contaminated snow into the snow melter.  
For more information

Paul Lhotka (ADEC, Fairbanks) -- 907-451-2175