An overview of unique challenges associated with operating offshore facilities in an Arctic environment is discussed using the BP Northstar development as the topic. Northstar is located 6 miles offshore in the Beaufort Sea of Alaska. This paper briefly addresses challenges faced by developments of this type in environmentally sensitive areas as well as unusual construction and operating issues which do not arise in traditional offshore designs. This paper would be of interest to those who are considering or are engaged in similar cold region offshore developments.

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