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Williams, Chesapeake expand gas gathering in Utica, change Haynesville contracts

Sep 9, 2015

Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, reported an expansion of gas-gathering services in growing dry gas production areas of the Utica shale in eastern Ohio. Williams and Chesapeake Energy Corp. also announced a consolidation of contracts in the Haynesville shale in northwestern Louisiana.

Odfjell to drill six Maria wells off Norway

Sep 8, 2015

The Odfjell Drilling Deepsea Stavanger semisubmersible rig will drill at least six wells for Wintershall Holding GMBH’s subsea development of Maria oil and gas field in the Norwegian Sea.

TAEP: Texas Petro Index continued decline in July as oil output rose

Sep 8, 2015

Texas crude oil production in July remained resilient against low wellhead prices, jumping 15% year-over-year to remain on track to break the state’s annual production record set in 1972, according to data from the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers (TAEP).

AER permits Nexen to operate 40 utility lines at Long Lake

Sep 8, 2015

Alberta Energy Regulator has approved resumption of operations on 40 pipelines related to utilities at the Long Lake oil sands project operated by Nexen Energy ULC. Some 55 lines remain shut in.

A North Dakota update

Sep 7, 2015

When it comes to reporting what's going on in US oil and gas producing states, even the dimmest Washington, DC, reporter periodically remembers to start by speaking with people who are actually there.

Biocides in fracing fluid mitigate formation damage

Sep 7, 2015

Fresh water used in hydraulic fracturing contains microbes that can proliferate in storage tanks under the right conditions. These microbes degrade guar-based fracing fluids, creating biofilms that can lead to formation damage and lower production. 

Lower oil prices slam OGJ100 2014 earnings

Sep 7, 2015

Oil & Gas Journal's latest look at the top 100 oil and gas producing companies based outside the US shows that profits were down worldwide last year, weighted by the sharp decline in crude oil prices in the second half of the year as well as the stronger US dollar.

Unconventional production raises unexpected tax questions, forum told

Sep 7, 2015

Unconventional oil and gas resource development has raised unexpected taxation questions that potentially could strain federal, state, and local government relationships, a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars said.

EIA lowers US oil output estimates amid prolonged oil-price slump

Sep 7, 2015

US crude oil production in June totaled 9.3 million b/d, a decline of 100,000 b/d from the revised May figure, according to the US Energy Information Administration's Petroleum Supply Monthly (PSM) released Aug. 31. The US hit a peak of 9.61 million b/d in April.

UBD creates wellbore instability in horizontal wells

Sep 7, 2015

Combining circumferential stresses with additional stresses produced by fluid seepage creates a new model which can be combined with the conventional model to fully describe in-situ stress regimes' influence on wellbore stability during underbalanced drilling (UBD) of horizontal wells.

Noble still negotiating with Israel on gas field developments

Sep 4, 2015

Houston independent Noble Energy Inc. reiterated Sept. 3 that it is still in negotiations with the Israeli government regarding the development of Tamar and Leviathan natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean (OGJ Online, Jan. 19, 2009; Dec. 29, 2010).

BHI: Down 13 units, US oil rig count falls for first time in 7 weeks

Sep 4, 2015

The overall US drilling rig count’s 13-unit drop during the week ended Sept. 4 entirely comprised oil-directed, land-based units, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Smorbukk South ‘fishbone’ well flow starts

Sep 4, 2015

Statoil ASA has started production from the low-permeability Smorbukk South Extension of Asgard oil and gas field in the Norwegian Sea with what it claims to be the first use of “fishbone” multilateral technology offshore Norway.

Unit fire slashes Syncrude output until end-September

Sep 3, 2015

Syncrude Canada Ltd.’s upgrader in the Mildred Lake oil sands production area, about 40 km north of Fort McMurray, Alta., will operate at reduced rates until the end of September following a fire that struck the unit on Aug. 29.

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