Pursuing a project in Alaska brings about its own unique problems. Operationally, due to the harsh weather conditions, your active time can be cut down to just sections of the year, very low temperatures can pose problems when drilling holes and this is before you consider any of the technical issues that can arise. 88 Energy (LSE:88E) (ASX:88E) are in the enviable positioning of having de-risked their Alaskan conventional and unconventional oil play Icewine and are carrying out the final stages of a technical exploration programme promising huge prizes.