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OTTAWA TO SELL PETRO-CANADA TO CUT DEFICIT

Feb 26, 1990 The Canadian government will sell Petro-Canada Inc. as part of a deficit reduction program. In a federal budget unveiled Feb. 20, Finance Minister Michael Wilson said Ottawa also will cancel federal financial support for the $4.1 billion OSLO oil sands development project in northern Alberta and an exploration incentives program. Ottawa has been considering sale of Petro-Canada for some time as part of a program to privatize government owned companies. The integrated oil company has an

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

Feb 26, 1990 U.S. EXPORT-IMPORT BANK approved a $13.2 million loan to Algeria's Sonatrach to help refurbish its Arzew liquefied natural gas plant, which is operating at only 60% of capacity (OGJ, Feb. 19, p. 34). Sonatrach will use the money to pay for engineering services from M.W. Kellogg, Houston, turbine parts from General Electric, and turbo-compressor parts from Elliot Turbo Machinery and Turbodyne.

GAS FIELD DEVELOPMENT DUE IN GULF OF MEXICO

Feb 26, 1990 More gas discoveries are earmarked for development in the Gulf of Mexico. In the latest action: Texaco U.S.A. plans to install an eight slot, four pile platform to develop its Neptunite prospect on West Cameron Block 196 in 60 ft of water about 35 miles off Cameron Parish, La. Amerada Hess Corp. and partner Oryx Energy Co. will install a 12 slot, four pile platform in 304 ft of water to produce gas from Mustang Island Blocks A112, A121, and A122 about 65 miles east of Corpus Christi.

WATCHING THE WORLD SHELL ASSISTANCE IN NIGERIA

Feb 26, 1990 With Roger Vielvoye from London The great Nigerian oil boom of the late 1970s and early 1980s brought billions of dollars flooding into the economy and attracted hundreds of thousands of farmers from the land into cities in search of fortunes. But $40/bbl crude oil was a passing phenomenon. Now, with prices at less than half that level and crude oil production down by as much as 1 million b/d, a prolonged period of unremitting austerity has replaced Nigeria's boom. Life has become tougher

INDUSTRY PRESSES PROGRAM TO BOOST OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION IN NIGERIA

Feb 26, 1990 Roger Vielvoye International Editor Nigeria, West Africa's biggest oil producer, has started a major spending program to boost its oil flow in the mid-1990s. The goal is to take advantage of an expected increase in demand for oil from members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Money also is being plowed into gas development. Nigeria's biggest single investment in the early 1990s aims to turn the country into West Africa's first gas exporter.

WATCHING WASHINGTON NOT OFF JONES'S COAST

Mar 5, 1990 With Patrick Crow Lingering discord over a planned wildcat off North Carolina has had repercussions on Capitol Hill. Rep. Walter Jones (D-N.C.) and 16 other congressmen have filed a bill to overturn a 1984 Supreme Court decision that upheld the federal government's right to hold offshore lease sales even if coastal states object. The court held that federal offshore leasing is not an activity that "directly affects" the coastal zone, as defined under the 1972 Coastal Zone Management Act,

BROBEKK ORDERS JACK UP RIG

Mar 5, 1990 Brobekk AS of Norway has let a contract to Penn Central Corp.'s Marathon LeTourneau Co. for a 116C cantilever, jack up drilling rig designed for the Gulf of Mexico. The unit, to be built at a Vicksburg, Miss., yard, will be the first offshore rig built in the U.S. since 1986. Marathon will equip the rig with 410 ft of leg for drilling to 25,000 ft in as much as 300 ft of water. Delivery is expected in December 1991. Construction of one or two rigs a year is "a positive turning point" but

U.S. BRIEFS

Mar 5, 1990 EL PASO REFINERY LP is using $127 million in proceeds from a public offering of a 43% limited partnership interest to expand capacity of its 26,000 b/d El Paso refinery to 55,000 b/d. Construction is to start in second quarter 1990.

REFINERS, PETROCHEM PLANTS FOCUS ON NEW WASTE CHALLENGES

Mar 5, 1990 Richard A. Corbett Refining/Petrochemical Editor Refineries and petrochemical plants face tough regulations on emissions of hazardous wastes and air emissions during the next decade. During the 1990s, process plants will have to substantially change the way they generate, handle, store, and dispose of hazardous wastes, particularly spent catalysts, and they will likely have to substantially reduce air emissions.

COALBED METHANE PIPELINE SCHEDULED FOR SAN JUAN BASIN

Mar 5, 1990 A unit of Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, soon will begin construction on an $87 million gathering and treating system to serve coalbed methane producers in the San Juan basin of Colorado and New Mexico. Williams Field Services Co.'s Manzanares system will consist of 110 miles of 6-22 in. pipeline, 45,000 hp of compression, and a 360 MMcfd amine treating plant. First service is expected by early December, with completion scheduled for spring 1991.

RIG SAFETY DEPENDS ON EQUIPMENT, REGULATIONS, AND PERSONNEL

Mar 5, 1990 Thomas R. Bates Jr., Stuart Tait Sedco Forex Aberdeen, U.K. Galin Mumford Sedco Forex Montrouge, France Improvements that can increase rig safety can be made in equipment, regulations, and stabilized personnel levels. With regard to equipment, exposure to material handling must be reduced through automation, and well-control technology must be improved by enhanced use of computers and better systems to handle gas.

COLLAPSE TESTS EXPAND COILED-TUBING USES

Mar 5, 1990 Eric J. Walker, Clifton M. Mason BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. Anchorage Tests on coiled tubing have allowed BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to decrease well work costs for some operations, especially squeeze cementing. in 1989, BPX (AK) conducted collapse tests of 1.5 in. (0.095 in. and 0.109-in. wall thickness) and 1.75-in. (0.109-in. wall thickness) OD coiled tubing while under imposed axial load and differential pressure. These tests were performed to define accurate field operating limits

ARCO TO EXPAND GULF COAST-OKLAHOMA LINE

Mar 5, 1990 ARCO Pipe Line Co., Independence, Kan., plans to increase capacity and flexibility of its crude oil pipeline from the Texas Gulf Coast to Cushing, Okla. The expansion program includes significant modifications in the Houston area. The company will boost capacity of the 50,000 b/d pipeline to 120,000 b/d by third quarter 1990 at a cost of about $48 million and eventually to 200,000 b/d as transportation needs develop. The Amerada Hess Corp. terminal on the Houston Ship Channel will remain an

DRILLING, PRODUCTION MEET ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE

Mar 5, 1990 Guntis Moritis Drilling/Production Editor Equipment and practices for extracting, in an environmentally sound manner, hydrocarbons from the earth can significantly differ from one location to the next. Practices that are environmentally acceptable at one location may place the environment at severe risk at another. New regulations such the Superfund and Clean Water laws are forcing operators in the U.S. to change the methods for waste disposal or incorporate less hazardous substances into the

GAS CONTROL-1 SYSTEM INTEGRATES SCHEDULING, MODELING, MONITORING

Mar 5, 1990 Mark A. Westhoff Colorado Interstate Gas Co. Colorado Springs Tracking and accounting for shippers' gas on Colorado Interstate Gas Co.'s pipeline system have been greatly improved by development of an integrated set of computer programs to schedule, model, and monitor transportation and sales gas. Based on a DEC VAX 11/780 computer, the system consists of a transportation gas information-management system, a supervisory control and data acquisition (scada) system, and a gas-control

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