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Liberty Development and Production Plan

Project Information
Sector: Conventional Energy Production
Project Category: 
FAST-41 Covered Projects
Project Status: 
In Progress
Total Estimated Project Cost: 
$1,500,000,000
Description: 

Hilcorp proposes to develop the Liberty Prospect in Foggy Island Bay, Beaufort Sea, Alaska by constructing an artificial drilling and production gravel island, approximately 6 miles offshore. The proposed Liberty Development described in the Development and Production Plan includes five stages: construction of the island; development of a new gravel mine; construction of a pipeline; construction of associated ice roads; and drilling and hydrocarbon production.

The island will have drilling and production processing facilities, with a single phase oil pipeline transmitting the produced sales-quality oil to shore. The island will include 16 well slots: 5-8 producers, 4-6 injectors, 2 disposal wells. Hilcorp estimates that peak production will be approximately 60,000 - 70,000 barrels per day. Estimated first production may occur in 2020-2021. The project life is estimated to be 15-20 years, with a total recovery estimate of about 167 million barrels.

Note: The project timeline represents the cooperating agencies' estimates at when agency actions could occur depending on the project proponent's future submissions. 

    Permitting Timeline

    Section 106 Review
    Alaska (Cooperating under NEPA)
    03/30/2019
    Complete 07/06/2017
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Complete 06/02/2017
    Target: 09/29/2018
    Completed Application Received
    Complete 06/02/2017
    Target: 12/29/2018
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Complete 07/13/2017
    Target: 03/30/2019
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    N/A
    Floodplain or wetland assessment
    States
    03/29/2019
    Complete 11/18/2017
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Completed application received
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
    Notice to proceed
    Review Terminated with no decision
    Optional Milestones:
    State of Alaska - Section 401 Certification Comment Period [Tied to USACE's Section 404 Permit]
    Complete 11/18/2017
    Endangered Species Act Consultation (NOAA-NMFS)
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under NEPA)
    08/08/2018
    Complete 07/31/2018
    Milestones:
    Request for ESA Consultation Received
    Complete 10/27/2017
    Consultation Package Deemed Complete – Formal
    Complete 02/22/2018
    Conclusion of ESA Consultation
    Complete 07/31/2018
    Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Incidental Take Authorization – DOC - NOAA/NMFS
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under NEPA)
    07/05/2019
    In Progress
    Milestones:
    Complete Application Received
    Complete 04/26/2018
    Publish Notice of Receipt in the Federal Register (FR)
    Complete 05/09/2018
    Publish Proposed Incidental Take Authorization in the FR
    Current Target Date: 01/04/2019
    Publish Final Incidental Take Authorization in the FR
    Current Target Date: 05/31/2019
    Issue Letter of Authorization
    Current Target Date: 07/05/2019
    Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Section 305 Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Consultation
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under NEPA)
    Complete
    Milestones:
    NOAA Initially Contacted Regarding EFH Consultation
    Complete 10/30/2017
    NOAA Receives the Complete EFH Assessment to Initiate EFH Consultation
    Complete 10/30/2017
    NOAA Issues a Response to the EFH Consultation Request
    Complete 12/15/2017
    Endangered Species Act Consultation (DOI-FWS)
    Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
    Complete 07/13/2018
    Milestones:
    Request for ESA Consultation Received
    Complete 10/27/2017
    Consultation Package Deemed Complete – Formal
    Complete 01/04/2018
    Conclusion of ESA Consultation
    Complete 07/13/2018
    Authorization and Certification
    Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
    10/01/2019
    Paused
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Current Target Date: 12/31/2018
    Completed application received
    Current Target Date: 03/29/2019
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Current Target Date: 10/01/2019
    Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
    11/13/2018
    In Progress
    Milestones:
    Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
    Complete 09/18/2015
    Scoping 
    Complete 11/13/2015
    Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register (FR) beginning both the public comment period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review
    Complete 08/18/2017
    Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the FR beginning both the public review period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review 
    Complete 08/31/2018
    Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision 
    Current Target Date: 11/13/2018
    Authorization and Certification
    Environmental Protection Agency (Cooperating under NEPA)
    11/13/2018
    In Progress
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Complete 07/19/2016
    Completed application received
    Complete 05/05/2017
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Current Target Date: 11/13/2018
    Optional Milestones:
    National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Notice of Availability [Includes draft NPDES permit, draft Ocean Discharge Criteria Evaluation and Fact Sheet]
    Complete 11/16/2017
    Authorization and Certification
    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Cooperating under NEPA)
    06/30/2020
    Planned
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Complete 03/03/2017
    Completed application received
    Current Target Date: 06/30/2017
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Current Target Date: 06/30/2020
    Development and Production Plan
    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
    11/13/2018
    In Progress
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Complete 09/08/2015
    Completed application received
    Complete 05/26/2017
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Current Target Date: 11/13/2018
    Authorization and Certification
    Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (Cooperating under NEPA)
    03/27/2020
    Planned
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Current Target Date: 03/29/2019
    Completed application received
    Current Target Date: 09/30/2019
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Current Target Date: 03/27/2020
    Authorization and Certification
    Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
    10/01/2019
    Planned
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Current Target Date: 01/01/2019
    Completed application received
    Current Target Date: 03/29/2019
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Current Target Date: 10/01/2019
    Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 Clean Water Act
    US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
    02/11/2019
    In Progress
    Milestones:
    Pre-construction Notification (PCN)/Form ENG 4345/Joint Application Form Received
    Complete 06/30/2017
    Complete Pre-Construction Notification (PCN)/Application Received
    Complete 07/21/2017
    Publication of Public Notice
    Complete 08/21/2017
    Final Verification/Permit Decision Rendered
    Current Target Date: 02/11/2019
    Authorization and Certification
    Department of Transportation (Cooperating under FAST-41)
    12/31/2018
    In Progress
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Complete 07/25/2017
    Completed application received
    Current Target Date: 11/23/2018
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Current Target Date: 12/31/2018
    Optional Milestones:
    PHMSA - Special Permit - Draft Environmental Assessment Initiated
    Current Target Date: 11/16/2018
    PHMSA - Special Permit - Draft Environmental Assessment Public Comment Period
    Current Target Date: 12/17/2018
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