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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.

Associated Permitting:

Environmental Protection Agency - NPDES Permit: Completed 10/26/2018, available here: https://www.epa.gov/npdes-permits/npdes-permit-hilcorp-alaska-liberty-drilling-and-production-island

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement - Platform Approval Program and Platform Verification Program: Tenatative Decision, October 2019

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement - Application for Permit to Drill: Tenatative Decision, March 2020

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement - Production Safety Systems Permitting: Tenatative Decision, October 2019

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement - Oil Spill Response Plan: Tenatative Decision, June 2020

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

    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)
    02/01/2020
    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: 06/01/2019
    Publish Final Incidental Take Authorization in the FR
    Current Target Date: 12/01/2019
    Issue Letter of Authorization
    Current Target Date: 02/01/2020
    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
    Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
    11/13/2018
    Complete 10/17/2018
    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 
    Complete 10/17/2018
    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
    Complete 10/17/2018
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Complete 09/08/2015
    Completed application received
    Complete 05/26/2017
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Complete 10/17/2018
    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: 01/22/2019
    Section 106 Review
    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
    Complete 07/13/2017
    Milestones:
    Consultation initiated with SHPO/THPO
    Complete 06/02/2017
    Section 106 consultation concluded
    Complete 07/13/2017
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