The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has approved Eni US Operating Co.’s application to drill in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s North Slope. The project represents the first fresh exploration on the US Arctic Outer Continental Shelf in more than 2 years, BSEE said.

Eni US submitted the application to drill from a manmade island in state waters in August, BSEE said. It said its action will allow the Eni SPA unit to start as early as December. Activity will not commence until personnel in BSEE’s Alaska regional office in Anchorage thoroughly review the project to make certain it meets appropriate technical adequacy, safety, and environmental sustainability standards.

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