Aerial photo of the tundra and rivers of the Northeast National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska

Land status map of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska showing Federal and Alaska Native lands.BLM Alaska manages the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A), which generated more than $56M in oil and gas lease revenue in 2019.  The NPR-A includes approximately 23 million of the bureau’s 25 million acres of federal mineral estate nationwide and is an important resource for meeting America's energy needs. 

Formerly known as Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 4, the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) is now a vast ~23-million-acre area on Alaska's North Slope. In 1923, mindful of the land's conceivable petroleum value, President Harding set aside this area as an emergency oil supply for the U.S. Navy. In 1976, in accordance with the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act, administration of the reserve was transferred to the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and renamed the NPR-A.

Oil and Gas Leasing in the NPR-A

Oil and gas leasing in the NPR-A is authorized under the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976 (42 U.S.C.6501 et seq.), as amended including the The Department of the Interior Appropriations Act of 1981 (94 Stat. 2964). Regulations for NPR-A oil and gas leasing, exploration and operations are found in 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 3130, 3150, 3160, respectively. The Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended and supplemented (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.) and related regulations do not apply to leasing in the NPR-A.

The BLM holds annual oil and gas lease sales for the NPR-A. View current lease sale information on the Alaska Oil and Gas Leasing page

Current Lease information

Map of NPR-A

 

 

 

 

Map showing lease tracts by company

 

 

 

 

 

Pending and Approved Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs) & Notices of Staking (NOSs)

Pending Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs) & Notices of Staking (NOSs) for the NPR-A can be viewed at the Automated Fluid Minerals Support System Reports. Permit to Drill and Notices of Staking have been filed on federal leases in Alaska. In accordance with 43 CFR 3162.3-1(g), Notices of Staking and/or Application for Permit to Drill are posted for 30 days in the BLM Alaska State Office Public Room, 1st Floor, Federal Building.

Bear Tooth Unit

Map of Bear Tooth Unit in the northeast National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska

Operator: ConocoPhillips
Unit Agreement: ALIS/Case # AA91675
Effective Date: 8/25/2009

Mooses Tooth Unit

Map of Greater Moose's Tooth Unit in the northeast National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska

Operator: ConocoPhillips
Unit Agreement: ALIS/Case # AA087852
Effective Date: 1/28/2008