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GREEN CANYON DRILLING BENEFITS FROM ALL-OIL MUD

Mar 19, 1990 Lindsay J. Fraser, A.J. Gerbino, Bill Hurst International Drilling Fluids Inc. Houston Jerry P. Allamon, Chris Beato, Mike Shaughnessy Conoco Inc. New Orleans With the recent introduction of high-performance, oil-mud viscosifiers and filtration-control products, all-oil drilling fluids have proven to be practical. A number of wells in the deepwater Green Canyon Block 184 have been successfully drilled with the all-oil fluid. When compared to wells in the area previously drilled with

IPL, PARTNERS TO EXPLORE TWO BLOCKS OFF VIET NAM

Mar 19, 1990 Another foreign group will explore for oil and gas off Viet Nam. International Petroleum Corp. unit International Petroleum Ltd. (IPL) of Dubai, U.A.E., Swedish Exploration Consortium AB (Secab), and Clyde Expro plc late last month signed production sharing agreements with state owned Viet Nam Oil & Gas Co. covering two offshore blocks. The combined area totals 11,329 sq km. Block 115, covering 6,719 sq km, lies at the juncture of the Gulf of Tonkin and Yingge Sea basins offsetting blocks

BP OUTLINES GULF DEEPWATER DEVELOPMENT

Mar 19, 1990 BP Exploration Western Hemisphere plans to use a four leg jacket instead of an eight leg jacket to develop Mississippi Canyon Block 109 in the ultradeepwater portion of the Gulf of Mexico. It will be the first conventional four leg jacket in more than 1,000 ft of water. "Mississippi Canyon 109 uses fewer, but larger diameter, heavier walled members," said Bill Sears, BP vice-president and offshore general manager. "This increases each member's efficiency and reduces the number of pieces

MALAYSIAN OIL PRODUCTION PREDICTED TO RISE

Mar 19, 1990 Malaysia's crude oil and condensate production will peak at 670,000 b/d in 1993 from its current level of 590,000 b/d, predicts County NatWest Woodmac, Edinburgh, Scotland. Production will then decline to about 600,000 b/d and, depending on how the government's depletion policy is implemented, could remain at that level until 2000. Exploratory drilling will remain at about 30 wells/year during the next 5 years, says Woodmac's Far East Report.

MULTINATIONAL SERVICE COMPANY TAKES SHAPE

Mar 19, 1990 Organizations from three countries have teamed up to form a joint venture service company. U.K., Soviet, and Hungarian entities formed 21st Century Chemical International Ltd. (21 CCI). Participants are Messina International, London; NPO Burenie of the Ministry of Oil and Gas Industry, Krasnodar, U.S.S.R.; and SZKFI of the National Oil & Gas Trust in Budapest. The combine will develop, produce, and sell Soviet and Hungarian products, technology, and services to the West and western products,

STATOIL CLAIMS RECORD FOR EXTENDED REACH

Mar 19, 1990 Norway's Den norkse stats oljeselskap AS has laid claim to the world record for the longest extended reach well. Statoil's Statfjord C10 well in Block 33/09 of the Norwegian North Sea, now on stream, had a horizontal displacement of 16,410 ft. It was drilled to 20,336 ft measured depth from Statfjord field's concrete gravity based platform. With minor changes it will be possible to drill as much as 6,560 ft farther than C10, Statoil said.

NOBLE MODERNIZES JACK UP FOR WORK IN GULF OF MEXICO

Mar 26, 1990 Another in a possible wave of rigs that will be built or rebuilt for shallow water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has landed its first job. Noble Drilling (U.S.) Inc.'s three legged, mat supported jack up, christened Mar. 9 as the Duke Hinds after a major modernization/refurbishment, will go to work for ARCO Oil & Gas Co. The job will start next month in the Gulf of Mexico. Max Smith, head of Noble's offshore operations, said the $3.7 million modernization project that led to the

EXAMPLES OF 3D SEISMIC AS A COST EFFECTIVE OPTION TO TRADITIONAL 2D EXPLORATION METHODS

Mar 26, 1990 Jacques Merland Cie. Generale de Geophysique Massy, France Three-dimensional (3D) seismic has without doubt been the most significant development in geophysical exploration over recent years. Its advantage over traditional two-dimensional (2D) seismic is that it provides a clearer, continuous image of the subsurface, and thus pinpoints structural and stratigraphic features.

SOVIETS' E&D JOINT VENTURE IN INDIA BESET WITH WOES

Mar 26, 1990 A 4 1/2 year old joint venture of a Soviet agency and India's state oil company for exploration and development in India's Cauvery and North Cambay basins has been marred by inefficiency and rising costs from the start. ONGC and the Soviet Union's Technoexport in May 1985 signed an agreement covering the $458 million Intensive Integrated Exploration Program (IIEP). Long term Soviet credits were to be used to finance 70% of the costs of IIEP, which was to operate on a nonprofit,

OPERATORS BOOSTING THAI E&D WORK

Apr 2, 1990 Exploration and development in Thailand continue to set a brisk pace. Among the latest mix of action: Unocal Thailand and partners will sharply boost capital spending for Gulf of Thailand exploration and development in 1990. British Petroleum Co. plc expects to spend as much as $35 million during the next 10 years to develop two small oil fields in Thailand's central plains. Exxon Corp.'s Thai unit plans to step up exploratory drilling for gas in Thailand's northeastern region away

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

Apr 9, 1990 SHELL CANADA LTD. plans to restructure its downstream operations and may sell or close some of its 3,500 service stations and four refineries. The restructuring plan is expected to be in place by second half 1990. Shell plans to concentrate on an exploration and development program with capital outlays of $768 million (Canadian) this year (OGJ, Apr. 2, p. 40).

RIG AUTOMATION-1 AUTOMATION TO BENEFIT CURRENT, FUTURE RIGS

Apr 9, 1990 Will L. McNair Texas Engineering Extension Service College Station, Tex. Old rigs are being modified piecemeal with various technological improvements to increase drilling performance. On the horizon are the completely automated drilling rigs that are promising safety and efficiency to rig floor operations. In this first installment of a two-part series, the benefits of the technology to automate a complete rig and the modules needed to modify existing rigs are analyzed. The second installment

MIDDLE EAST OIL PRODUCERS GETTING SET FOR DEMAND SURGE IN MID-1990S

Apr 9, 1990 Roger Vielvoye International Editor Middle East countries are preparing for a predicted upturn in demand for their crude oil in the mid-1990s. Production facilities mothballed for as long as 6-7 years in some cases are being reactivated and investments approved for new production facilities. The turnaround in the fortunes of the region has occurred suddenly.

OUACHITAS NEED MORE EXPLORATORY DRILLING

Apr 9, 1990 Neil H. Suneson, Jock A. Campbell Oklahoma Geological Survey Norman, Okla. The Ouachita Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas are part of a mostly buried late Paleozoic fold and thrust belt that extends from Alabama to northern Mexico.

U.S.BRIEFS

Apr 16, 1990 A PARTNERSHIP of Hadson Power Systems, Irvine, Calif., and Westmoreland Energy Inc. began funding $200 million in nonrecourse construction loans for two of four coal burning cogeneration projects in Virginia. The projects will be 70,000 kw units supplying electrical power to Virginia Electric and Power Co. and steam to industrial users.

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