08/12/11 - 11:41am
As Escopeta Oil and Gas’ Spartan 151 jack-up rig cruised through Cook Inlet waters this week, the mood was palpable.
Its arrival clearly excited the community, and for good reason.
That hunk of machinery being tugged to its new home symbolized the arrival of a new day in Southcentral Alaska energy production — a new landscape of diverse oil and gas companies.
These smaller, independent companies are hungry to produce the resources once dominated by the major players — Chevron, Marathon, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil.