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Battelle ARO supports researchers working in the Prudhoe Bay vicinity, in the community of Deadhorse. Due to significant oilfield activity, any work in this area must be arranged and scheduled months in advance. Keep in mind that this community exists solely to support the oil industry and there are no permanent residents.

The Deadhorse airport (code SCC) is reachable via Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Barrow.  Deadhorse is also accessible via a 12-hour plus drive from Fairbanks on the Dalton Highway. Most rental car companies do not allow their cars to drive on the Dalton Highway or any other dirt road; please work with Battelle if you need a truck that can drive the Dalton.

All those intending to work on the oilfields must contact the appropriate oilfield representatives for authorization and badging. Battelle ARO can assist with the costs of training, including the North Slope Training Co-operative Unescorted class (9–10-hour class), available in Fairbanks or Anchorage. For more information, contact your Battelle ARO Project Manager.

Several oilfield service companies work in Deadhorse that can provide a variety of services to visitors. Battelle ARO can provide the following services, often with the help of other companies in Deadhorse.  

  • Lodging and Services
  • Shipping
  • Samples/Shipping
  • Grocery and Post Office
  • Truck rentals
  • Fuel
  • Internet access
  • Laundry and Showers
  • Storage
  • Medical