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Overlooked 'heavy oil' may be in North Slope and Alaska's economic future

...addition to being difficult to get out of the ground, it is also difficult to ship. The best way is to dilute it with lighter oil, but as Prudhoe Bay and other huge fields age they're producing less oil. Soon, there may not be enough light...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/031111/sta_797844568.shtml
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State faces long road to 1 million barrels

...Estimates suggest vast stores of remaining oil and gas on the North Slope alone. While a focus has been on conventional, lighter oil, there is also, by one estimate, perhaps 20 billion barrels of known resource in heavy or thick oil in the region...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2012-02-16/state-faces-long-road-1-million-barrels
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Heavy oil may rival gas

...ground. Heavy oil can have costs well beyond regular, lighter oil. When it has been extracted, producers find that refiners...pipeline pumps to handle, heavy oil must be mixed with lighter oil to flow through the trans-Alaska pipeline, he said...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/030710/sta_571814745.shtml
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