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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 5.6 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 80 - 150 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

    Action Agency Target Completionsort descending Status
    Consultation to Protect Essential Fish Habitat
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Planned
    Target: 11/01/2017
    Completed application received
    Planned
    Target: 12/01/2017
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Planned
    Target: 02/02/2018
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    N/A
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under NEPA) 02/02/2018 Planned
    Section 106 Review
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Planned
    Target: 09/29/2017
    Completed Application Received
    Planned
    Target: 12/29/2017
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Planned
    Target: 03/30/2018
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    N/A
    Alaska (Cooperating under NEPA) 03/30/2018 In Progress
    Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
    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
    In Progress 08/18/2017
    Target: 07/28/2017
    Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
    Planned
    Target: 09/28/2018
    Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
    N/A
    Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
    N/A
    Issuance of Record of Decision
    Planned
    Target: 11/30/2018
    Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
    N/A
    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 09/28/2018 In Progress
    Authorization and Certification
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Complete 07/19/2016
    Completed application received
    Complete 05/05/2017
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Planned
    Target: 09/28/2018
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    N/A
    Optional Milestones:
    National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Notice of Availability [Includes draft NPDES permit, draft Ocean Discharge Criteria Evaluation and Fact Sheet]
    In Progress
    Target: 07/28/2017
    Environmental Protection Agency (Cooperating under NEPA) 09/28/2018 In Progress
    Development and Production Plan
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Complete 09/08/2015
    Completed application received
    Complete 05/26/2017
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Planned
    Target: 11/30/2018
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    N/A
    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 11/30/2018 In Progress
    Authorization and Certification
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Complete
    Target: 07/25/2017
    Completed application received
    Planned
    Target: 10/31/2017
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Planned
    Target: 12/31/2018
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    N/A
    Optional Milestones:
    PHMSA - Special Permit - Draft Environmental Assessment Initiated
    Planned
    Target: 11/03/2017
    PHMSA - Special Permit - Draft Environmental Assessment Public Comment Period
    Planned
    Target: 11/03/2017
    Department of Transportation (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) 12/31/2018 In Progress
    Authorization and Certification
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Planned
    Target: 03/30/2018
    Completed application received
    Target: 06/29/2018
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Planned
    Target: 12/31/2018
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    N/A
    Bureau of Saftey and Environmental Enforcemen (Cooperating under NEPA) 12/31/2018 Planned
    Authorization and Certification
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Planned
    Target: 12/31/2018
    Completed application received
    N/A
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Planned
    Target: 03/29/2019
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    N/A
    US Coast Guard (Participating) 03/29/2019 Planned
    Marine Mammal Protection Act Incidental Take Authorization
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Planned
    Target: 12/29/2017
    Completed application received
    Planned
    Target: 03/30/2018
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Planned
    Target: 03/29/2019
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    N/A
    Optional Milestones:
    NMFS - Issue Final Rule for HAK's MMPA Letter of Authorization (LOA)
    Planned
    Target: 02/28/2019
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under NEPA) 03/29/2019 Planned
    Authorization and Certification
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Planned
    Target: 12/31/2018
    Completed application received
    N/A
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Planned
    Target: 03/29/2019
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    N/A
    US Coast Guard (Participating) 03/29/2019 Planned
    Endangered Species Act Consultation - FWS
    Milestones:
    Date of Request for formal consultation received
    Planned
    Target: 12/29/2017
    Consultation Initiation Date
    Planned
    Target: 03/30/2018
    Final Biological Opinion Issued
    Planned
    Target: 03/29/2019
    Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under NEPA) 03/29/2019 Planned
    Endangered Species Act Consultation - NOAA-NMFS
    Milestones:
    Date of Request for formal consultation received
    Planned
    Target: 12/29/2017
    Consultation Initiation Date
    Planned
    Target: 03/30/2018
    Final Biological Opinion Issued
    Planned
    Target: 03/29/2019
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under NEPA) 03/29/2019 Planned
    Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit
    Milestones:
    Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
    Complete
    Target: 06/30/2017
    Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
    Complete
    Target: 07/14/2017
    Publication of Public Notice
    In Progress
    Target: 08/21/2017
    Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
    Target: 03/29/2019
    US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under NEPA) 03/29/2019 Planned
    Floodplain or wetland assessment
    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]
    Planned
    Target: 03/30/2018
    States 03/29/2019 Planned 03/29/2019
    Authorization and Certification
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Complete 11/30/2016
    Completed application received
    Complete 08/07/2017
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
    Notice to proceed
    Review Terminated with no decision
    States (Cooperating under NEPA) 03/29/2019 In Progress
    Authorization and Certification
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Planned
    Target: 09/30/2019
    Completed application received
    N/A
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Planned
    Target: 12/31/2019
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    N/A
    US Coast Guard (Participating) 12/31/2019 Planned
    Authorization and Certification
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Planned
    Target: 03/29/2019
    Completed application received
    Target: 09/30/2019
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Planned
    Target: 03/27/2020
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    N/A
    Bureau of Saftey and Environmental Enforcemen (Cooperating under NEPA) 03/27/2020 Planned
    Authorization and Certification
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Planned
    Target: 12/31/2019
    Completed application received
    N/A
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Planned
    Target: 03/31/2020
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    US Coast Guard (Participating) 03/31/2020 Planned
    Authorization and Certification
    Milestones:
    Initial application received
    Complete 03/03/2017
    Completed application received
    Planned
    Target: 06/30/2017
    Issuance of decision for permit/approval
    Planned
    Target: 06/30/2020
    Notice to proceed
    N/A
    Review Terminated with no decision
    N/A
    Bureau of Saftey and Environmental Enforcemen (Cooperating under NEPA) 06/30/2020 Planned
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