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Caspian oil export choices clouded by geopolitics, project economics
Projected Caspian oil exports [71,722 bytes] Caspian oil reserves estimates, 1996 [86,047 bytes] Projected Caspian oil production [81,631 bytes] Caspian oil export route capacity [76,048 bytes] Caspian excess oil pipeline and export route capacity [112,745 bytes] Who benfits form Caspian pipeline options [99,472 bytes] The Caspian region has received considerable attention because of the potential of its hydrocarbon resources.
Western Europe's gas use hits new peak
Natural gas consumption in Western Europe rose to a new peak in 1998, reported the European Union of the Natural Gas Industry (Eurogas), Brussels. Eurogas said preliminary estimates show consumption last year totaled more than 14,365 petajoules (12.88 tcf). This was 4.1% above 1997 levels and well above the previous record of 13,888 petajoules (12.46 tcf) in 1996 (see table).
For the past 2 years, U.S. oil industry leaders have grappled with the problem of how to reverse the public's dismal image of oil companies. Lew Ward, the former Independent Petroleum Association of America chairman, pushed for an industry-wide public education program, but the American Petroleum Institute companies balked. However, API continued to study the question and hired the pollster Wirthlin Worldwide Co. to help. Now it has some answers, which API Pres. Red Cavaney outlined at a
Nigeria LNG Ltd. (NLNG) announced the receipt of first gas feed at its Bonny Island liquefied natural gas export project in Nigeria (see related story, p. 36). The gas was received by the Obiafu gas plant, owned by Italy's Agip International BV, one of the shareholders in NLNG. NLNG recently let contract to a consortium of companies for the construction of a third LNG train at the site (OGJ, Mar. 22, 1999, p. 45). Gulf Canada Resources Ltd.,
U.K. energy policy U-turn
A U-turn in U.K. energy policy sparked an entertaining claim by opposition politicians that the government is using regional investment to win votes. The fuss surrounds the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) decision that it "will not raise energy policy objections" to a proposal by Baglan Cogeneration Co. to build a gas-fired power station. Baglan Cogeneration is a joint venture of BP Amoco plc and General Electric, and it plans to build a 500-MW plant on a petrochemicals site at