ConocoPhillips launches drilling at a North Slope oil field

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ConocoPhillips Alaska has launched drilling to unlock a stubborn pool of slow-moving viscous oil at a new site on the North Slope, the company announced Friday with a tweet."We've got NEWS (1H)!" the oil giant said on Twitter, in a reference to the field's unusual name.The so-called 1H NEWS project was delayed last year after oil prices plunged.But company officials in July told Wall Street investors the $460 million project was back on track. Oil should be flowing by year's end, said Al Hirshberg, a ConocoPhillips executive vice president.The field is expected to produce about 8,000 barrels of oil daily, adding to the 530,000 barrels of oil produced daily on the Slope so far this year.Viscous oil and its stickier cousin heavy oil, which flows...

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