Alaska's upstream sector faced challenges similar to many other regions in 2020. Remote worker access was challenged and companies faced difficult decisions on idling rigs, shutting in production, and delaying project plans. Industry also faced off against a tax bill proposal and new corporate dynamics as Hilcorp took over operatorship of Prudhoe Bay. In this note we highlight the key events of the year including rig activity, monthly production trends, exploration finds, leasing results and major project news. There remains much to be positive about. After several years of exploration success and new company entries, Alaska is now poised to witness a new era of investment and production growth.