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CAUSES OF SHORTER DELAYED COKER HEATER RUNS REPORTED

Feb 12, 1990 Norman P. Lieberman Process Improvement Engineering Metairie, La. Feed interruptions and localized high heat fluxes are common causes of shortened delayed coker heater run lengths. These causes were discussed by operators of delayed coking units who attended a delayed coking seminar held by Process Improvement Engineering in New Orleans in November 1989.

U.S. BRIEFS

Feb 12, 1990 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY and American Electric Power Service Corp., Columbus, Ohio, will build a $660 million, cost shared, commercial scale pressurized fluidized bed combustion (PFBC) unit at the Philip Sporn plant in New Haven, W. Va., under DOE's clean coal program. Objective is to demonstrate the feasibility and economics of PFBC technology, which reduces sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, in a plant of at least 330,000 kw capacity.

TWO N. SEA FIELDS APPROVED FOR DEVELOPMENT

Feb 12, 1990 Two oil field development projects have won the green light in the North Sea. Norsk Hydro gained approval for its 8.4 billion kroner ($1.29 billion) Brage project off Norway. The 240 million bbl field will be developed with a single drilling and production platform linked to the nearby Oseberg crude oil pipeline to the Norwegian mainland. In the U.K. sector, Amerada Hess Ltd. will shortly place on stream Hamish oil field, one of the smallest reservoirs to be tapped off Northwest Europe.

DOE SPELLS OUT SHIFT TO NEAR TERM BENEFITS IN OIL AND GAS R&D

Feb 12, 1990 The U.S. Department of Energy is shifting its oil research priorities to near term projects in an effort to slow the decline in domestic production. DOE will give priority to projects designed to maintain production from wells that face the greatest risk of abandonment within the next 5 years. Henson Moore, deputy energy secretary, said the policy shift largely is prompted by a new study on abandonment rates. Through most of the 1980's federal oil and gas research programs focused on

MOLLER ORDERS TWO JACK UPS FOR NORTH SEA

Feb 12, 1990 A.P. Moller of Denmark has let contract to Far East Levingston Shipbuilding Ltd. (FELS), Singapore, for construction of two harsh environment jack up drilling rigs. FELS called the contract the industry's largest single order for jack ups in recent years. Scheduled for delivery by 1992, the rigs will be built on the CJ-62-S12O series design by Marine Structure Consultants of Netherlands. They are to be capable of drilling year-round in the North Sea under operations by Moller subsidiary

TEST IMPROVES MEASUREMENT OF CEMENT-SLURRY STABILITY

Feb 12, 1990 Christopher Greaves, Ashley Hibbert BP International Ltd. Sunbury-on-Thames, U.K. New emphasis must be placed on a cement's settling stability. Many slurries have been found susceptible to settling if designed incorrectly. These slurries include those containing fluid-loss additives, dispersants, large quantities of retarder, combinations of these, and slurries designed specifically for turbulent flow.

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Feb 12, 1990 Alaska North Slope crude spilled into the Pacific Ocean about 11/2 miles off Huntington Beach, Calif., last week from a tanker involved in a lightening operation. The oil leaked the afternoon of Feb. 7 from the 82,300 dwt American Trader, chartered to a British Petroleum affiliate by American Trading & Transport Co., New York. BP took responsibility for the spill and began clean-up efforts. Various sources estimated the spilled volume at 6,000-8,000 bbl, 2-3% of the amount of the March 1989

HOW TO SLOW U.S. ABANDONMENTS

Feb 19, 1990 "...If we don't slow abandonments and improve production rates in this decade, there won't be much of a domestic industry left in the next one to benefit from basic research. " That statement comes not from independent producers, who have been saying similar things for some time, but from U.S. Deputy Energy Sec. W. Henson Moore. It correctly recognizes a serious problem-a "sobering reality"-and accompanies fitting remedies.

OFFSHORE AREA BOOSTS WYTCH FARM RESERVES

Feb 19, 1990 BP Exploration has confirmed a 100 million bbl offshore extension of Wytch Farm oil field on the south coast of England. The offshore extension of western Europe's largest onshore reservoir boosts Wytch Farm reserves to about 300 million bbl. Options to develop the added reserves have been proposed, and BP now has the task of winning approval for the project in an environmentally sensitive area. BP is in the final stages of a major expansion of the onshore portion of the field, about 20

U.S. BRIEFS

Feb 19, 1990 NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE reduced futures contract minimum margins on crude oil to $2,000 from $3,000 for customers and to $1,500 from $2,100 for clearing members. It cut minimum margins on heating oil and unleaded gasoline to $2,500 from $4,000 for customers and to $2,000 from $3,000 for clearing members. AMOCO PRODUCTION CO. let an $11.5 million contract to Davy McKee Corp. Process Group USA, Houston, to build compressor stations at the Florida River site near Durango, Colo., and near

PERU'S PRODUCTION, EXPLORATION REBOUNDING

Feb 19, 1990 Peru's oil production is rebounding as state owned Petroperu continues struggling to meet its financial obligations. Occidental Petroleum Corp. boosted oil production on its northern jungle block to 58,000 b/d late last month after resuming field maintenance amid renewed negotiations with Petroperu. Oxy's jungle production had fallen sharply twice in second half 1989 after it halted work on the block because of missed contract payments for delivered oil.

SUMMER SKID SEEN IN U.K. NORTH SEA OIL FLOW

Feb 19, 1990 U.K. North Sea oil production could fall as low as 1.71 million b/d this summer because of planned shut-ins to install emergency shutdown valves (ESVS) to comply with government regulations. A study of planned transportation shutdowns in the area by County Natwest Woodmac, Edinburgh, Scotland, shows that the low point of 1.71 million b/d will occur in the third quarter. The third quarter decline will cut overall production in 1990 to about 2.01 million b/d. Woodmac previously forecast 1990

NEW TOOLS AFFORD MORE SECURITY FROM SHALLOW GAS

Feb 19, 1990 Joseph R. Roche Hydril Co. Houston A variety of new tools for handling shallow gas is available for matching the diverter to the application and affording backup security for lifesaving systems. Shallow gas has been, and will continue to be, a major hazard during drilling operations.

GULF CANADA STEPS UP PROGRAMS IN SUMATRA

Feb 19, 1990 Subsidiaries of Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. have signed a production sharing contract and a joint operating agreement covering two areas in the southern part of Sumatra, Indonesia. Indonesia's Pertamina and Gulfcan Sumatra Ltd. signed the 30 year production sharing contract covering a 1,450 sq mile block north of the Corridor block. A 6 year exploration agreement in which Gulf was a partner expired last year. There is no production on the block.

TAIWANESE, CHINESE TREATMENT FACILITIES INSTALLED

Feb 19, 1990 Water treatment facilities from a U.S. company have been installed in a major Taiwanese refinery and in two mainland Chinese oil fields. Chinese Petroleum Corp. recently installed a wastewater treatment plant at its Kaohsiung, Taiwan, refinery. The treatment plant was needed because of expansion of the refinery's naphtha-cracking facilities at the 446,500-b/d refinery, the largest refinery, in terms of crude charging capacity, in the Asia/Pacific region.

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