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ALYESKA MAPS BIG CORROSION REPAIR PROGRAM ON TRANS-ALASKA CRUDE LINE

Apr 30, 1990 Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. plans the petroleum industry's most expensive corrosion repair campaign on its Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) carrying North Slope crude oil to a tanker terminal near Valdez in southern Alaska. "We are in no danger of an immediate leak, but it's something we need to address," Bill Howitt, Alyeska's manager of engineering, told Oil & Gas Journal. In addition to external corrosion along portions of its 800 mile, 48 in. main line system, Alyeska has

WATCHING WASHINGTON 'LUJAN'S 'SECRET AGENDA'

Apr 30, 1990 With Patrick Crow It was Washington drama as you might imagine it: A powerful newspaper exposes a cabinet secretary's "secret agenda" on the morning he testifies before Congress. On the surface, that happened last week when Interior Sec. Manuel Lujan explained his offshore leasing goals to a House appropriations subcommittee. Congressmen grilled him about a front-page New York Times story on Interior's changing offshore leasing goals.

MERITS OF BAN ON N. SLOPE OIL EXPORTS ARGUED

May 7, 1990 The ban on Alaskan North Slope (ANS) oil exports serves no useful purpose, an Alaskan official has argued before a U.S. House of Representatives foreign affairs subcommittee. James Eason, director of the Alaskan Department of Natural Resources's oil and gas division, said, "Counter to one of its implied intents, the ban has reduced the incentive to produce Alaska and California oil which, in turn, has made our national energy security more vulnerable to the whims of foreign producers.

MODELS ESTIMATE PRESSURE LOSSES IN GAS-CONDENSATE SYSTEMS

May 7, 1990 F. Ferrini, P. Foschi Techfem Fano, Italy G. Giacchetta University of Ancona Ancona, Italy A. Pareschi B. Rimini University of Bologna Bologna, Italy The efficiency of currently available correlations for two-phase gas-condensate flows is undermined by the presence of water in these flow systems. Water radically modifies the pressure-loss mechanism. Five models have been developed for estimating the global pressure loss of such pipelines in actual operation.

U.S. INDEPENDENTS TO DELINEATE FIELD OFF EQUATORIAL GUINEA

May 7, 1990 A group of U.S. independents signed a production sharing contract in Equatorial Guinea covering potential development of offshore Alba gas/condensate field and exploration of adjoining areas. Operator Walter International Inc., Houston, 25%, McMoRan International Inc., New Orleans, 50%, and Samedan Oil Corp., Ardmore, Okla., 25%, signed the contract effective Apr. 10 covering Blocks A-12, A-13, B-12, and B-13 northwest of Bioco Island.

HIGHER OIL PRICES HELP BUOY PROFITS FOR U.S. INDEPENDENTS

May 7, 1990 Bob Williams Senior Staff Writer The financial and operating performance of U.S. independents continues to improve with firming oil prices. A rise of about $3/bbl in average oil prices was the main factor in boosting earnings in 1989 for a group of 50 independents Oil & Gas Journal tracks. Gas prices for the group remained about flat year to year. The group posted net profits of about $1.23 billion in 1989 on revenues of about $26 billion. Some of the companies in 1989 posted heavy net losses

MORE RESTRUCTURING UNDER WAY IN CANADA

May 7, 1990 Restructuring is still very much a way of life in the Canadian industry. Among the latest action: Shell Canada Ltd. will sell some service stations and lay off an undisclosed number of personnel as part of a rationalization of downstream operations. Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. will review nonproducing and underproducing assets as part of a restructuring program. BP Canada Inc. plans to sell leases involving about 15% of its gas reserves and 10% of its crude oil and gas liquids reserves.

SATELLITE IMAGERY TRACKS CURRENTS IN GULF OF MEXICO

May 7, 1990 Oscar Karl Huh Coastal Studies Institute Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, La. Kenneth J. Schaudt Marathon Oil Co. Houston With the onset of drilling in water depths in excess of 300 m, detection and location of the boundaries of high-speed current zones has become important in preventing downtime in drilling and production operations. Although the moorings and overall structures are usually designed to withstand the expected 4-knot currents, certain operations and hardware are adversely

WHAT ARE WE PAYING TO FIND OIL, GAS IN MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA?

May 7, 1990 Verne L. Culbertson David W. Miller Jackson, Miss. When explorationists look at the oil and gas provinces of Mississippi and Alabama, they must first decide where to commit their risk capital. The cost per barrel of oil (or gas equivalent) was calculated for all hydrocarbons discovered in Mississippi and Alabama during the six year period from 1981 through 1986. There was some concern that selecting a six year period was too short to produce representative data, but the problem with long

PORE-PRESSURE PLOT ACCURACY INCREASED BY MULTIPLE TREND LINES

May 7, 1990 Joe Foster Jr. M-1 Drilling Fluids Co. Houston A detailed, computer-assisted procedure has been developed for plotting pore pressures from electric logs. This new procedure differs from the traditional procedure in two ways. For atypical 10,000-ft well, 200-250 data points are plotted instead of the traditional 10-30 data points. The new procedure also uses multiple compaction trend lines instead of a single compaction trend line. This provides a separate trend line for each geologic age and

NORTH SEA ESV PROGRAM IS FOCUS OF SUMMER WEATHER WINDOW

May 7, 1990 Warren R. True Pipeline/Gas Processing Editor Roger Vielvoye International Editor A major effort to improve the protection of workers and facilities in the North Sea will step into full swing this summer when many operators will install new or relocate existing emergency shutdown valves (ESV's). A Norwegian-sector installation is noteworthy because of its depth and the use of a check valve as an ESV. Most of the activity will occur in the U.K. sector and is prompted by findings after the

THREE MORE SMACKOVER FINDS IN SOUTHEAST

May 7, 1990 John McCaslin Exploration Editor Jurassic exploratory success in the Southeast continues unabated in these times of low rig counts. Two recent Jurassic Smackover events in southwestern Alabama and another in southeastern Mississippi prove that the three state region of Alabama-Florida-Mississippi and its adjoining Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay waters must contain some of the best oil and gas accumulations to be found in the U.S.

PERU DRIVING TO SUSTAIN OIL, GAS FLOW

May 7, 1990 Peru is pressing efforts to sustain its oil and gas production by seeking more participation by private foreign and domestic companies. State owned Petroleos del Peru SA (Petroperu), grappling with severe cash shortages in a beleaguered economy, is offering more exploration acreage as well as participation in existing development/production programs to private companies.

CATALYTIC ROUTES TO LOW-AROMATICS DIESEL LOOK PROMISING

May 7, 1990 Arthur J. Suchanek Criterion Catalyst Co. L.P. Houston Producing low-aromatics diesel fuel may be accomplished catalytically rather than through large capital investment. Pilot-plant test results show that some catalyst types and catalyst systems such as various combinations of nickel-molybdenum (NiMo) and nickel-tungsten (NiW) on alumina in the presence of sulfur; noble metal on alumina for low-sulfur feeds; and noble metal on zeolite for moderate sulfur feeds can achieve the proposed tougher

NEW API PUBLICATIONS COVER OFFSHORE SPECS AND RECOMMENDED PRACTICES

May 7, 1990 American Petroleum Institute has published four documents on specifications and recommended practices for oil and natural gas production offshore. Specification 2B, "Specification for Fabricated Structural Steel Pipe," fourth edition (Order No. 811-00300), covers the requirements for structural steel pipe fabricated from plate steel for use in the construction of welded offshore structures.

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