Willow Discovery

Advancing Alaska’s Economic and Energy Future

Quick Facts about the Willow Project

About the Willow Project

ConocoPhillips’ Willow project is important for Alaska’s economy and for America’s energy security. Located on Alaska’s North Slope, Willow is one of the company’s most recent exploration projects. Estimated to produce ~180,000 barrels of oil per day at its peak, the project will strengthen America’s energy security and stimulate economic growth. According to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) estimates, Willow could generate between $8 and $17 billion in new revenue for the federal government, the state of Alaska and North Slope Borough communities. During construction, Willow is expected to create as many as 2,000 jobs, with a majority of labor provided by union workers along with 300 permanent jobs.

Project planning has spanned five presidential administrations. ConocoPhillips acquired the first Willow area leases in 1999, during the Clinton administration, and began the development permitting process in 2018. Since then, the project has undergone nearly five years of rigorous regulatory review and environmental analysis, including extensive baseline scientific studies.

The Willow project complies with the 2022 National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) Integrated Activity Plan (IAP), which was developed under the Obama-Biden administration. The IAP defines what acreage is available in NPR-A for oil and gas leasing and the stipulations attached to development. ConocoPhillips reliably meets all applicable environmental mandates, including adherence to approximately 270 mitigation and best practices currently in place for the NPR-A.

The new Alternative E, developed by the BLM and cooperating agencies, responds to the Alaska District Court order and presents a good path forward for the Willow project. Alternative E represents a reduction in surface infrastructure and associated impacts, addresses stakeholder comments and enables a practical way forward for the project.

Learn more about the Willow project and the public’s extensive involvement, including more than 215 days of public comment and 25 in-person public meetings in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Nuiqsut, Utqiagvik, Atqasuk, and Anaktuvuk Pass.

Read comments about the project from Alaska Native communities, labor groups and elected officials.

What Alaskans are Saying about the Willow Project