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CLEAN AIR ACT AND PCB CLEANUP HOLD ATTENTION OF PROCESSORS, PIPELINES

Mar 5, 1990 Warren R. True Pipeline/Gas Processing Editor U.S. gas processing and pipeline operating companies are watching the congressional course of the Clean Air Act (CAA) reauthorization bill to learn what environmental hurdles await them in the near future. At the same time, the biggest recent environmental story affecting natural-gas transmission companies-PCB contamination at compressor sites-continues into another chapter.

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

TRC PROPOSES STATEWIDE RULE COVERING HORIZONTAL COMPLETIONS

Mar 5, 1990 The Texas Railroad Commission has issued for comment a statewide horizontal drilling rule designed to largely eliminate the need for special field rules. The proposed rule establishes regulations for minimum spacing requirements, minimum drilling unit size, and maximum proration unit size for wells with horizontal drainholes. TRC said there will be no fiscal penalties as a result of enforcement or administration for the first 5 years the rule is in effect. Deadline for written comments

CONTINGENCY PLANNING CRUCIAL TO OIL-SPILL RESPONSE

Mar 5, 1990 Charles B. Anderson, Brian D. Starer Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens New York The first line of defense against an oil spill or release of hazardous substances is an effective individual company contingency plan and a well-trained and organized response team. Facility-specific plans should be prepared for coastal and offshore petroleum exploration wells and production facilities, terminals, and other oil-transfer facilities, and any other sites with a potential for spills of hazardous

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

Mar 5, 1990 TOTAL INDONESIA gauged an oil and gas/condensate discovery in the Mahakam area off Indonesia. Total 2B Sisi flowed 1,435 b/d of 36 gravity oil, 22 MMcfd of gas, and 1,245 b/d of 45-48 gravity condensate. The discovery, drilled as a replacement for a September 1988 blowout, bottomed at 15,385 ft in 253 ft of water. Total and Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd. unit Indonesia Petroleum Ltd. share the contractor interest 50-50.

OTTAWA OUTLINES PLAN FOR PETRO-CANADA SALE

Mar 5, 1990 Sale of Petro-Canada, Canada's national oil company, will begin with a 15% offering to Canadian investors. Federal Privatization Minister John McDermid said the offering will be the first of several designed to put the company entirely in private ownership. He gave no date for the first sale. The government disclosed in a Feb. 20 budget it will privatize the 14 year old Calgary company, which has a book value of about $4.2 billion. Terms of the sale will keep any single investor from

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

Mar 12, 1990 LUCKY PETROCHEMICAL LTD., Seoul, let contract to ABB Lummus Crest Inc., Bloomfield, N.J., for basic engineering services for a 140,000 metric ton/year C4 hydrogenation unit at its Yeochon, South Korea, ethylene plant. The 350,000 metric ton/year ethylene plant is to be complete in mid-1991.

B.C. WILDCAT CAMPAIGN STARTS

Mar 12, 1990 Three Calgary companies have started a 2 year exploratory drilling program in Northeast British Columbia. Bow Valley Industries Ltd. agreed in principle to explore the area with Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd. and Esso Resources Canada Ltd. The companies expect to sign a formal agreement by Mar. 31. Esso and Hunter have conducted joint geological and geophysical exploration in the area for 18 months. Bow Valley committed to spend $20 million and could spend as much as $30 million for drilling

TESTS PLANNED ON BRITISH COLUMBIA'S COAST

Mar 12, 1990 John McCaslin Exploration Editor Three of the most interesting wildcats of the season will be drilled on the delta of the Fraser River in British Columbia, western Canada. Dynamic Oil Co. and Conoco of Canada announced last December that the planned exploratory sites are the result of recent concentrated studies of the hydrocarbon potential of Canada's Pacific Coast margin which was concentrated in the Queen Charlotte and Georgia basins.

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Mar 12, 1990 One of the world's largest international gas transmission systems could emerge from studies undertaken by a group of European companies into increasing gas use in Southeast Asia. The companies, led by Agip SpA of Italy and Gaz de France and Total-CFP of France, are in the early stages of evaluating a 5,000 mile, $10 billion pipeline system that would link gas fields of Indonesia, Brunei, and Malaysia with Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. Officials from the countries involved will

GAS CONTROL-CONCLUSION INTEGRATED SCHEDULING, MONITORING SYSTEM SPEEDS CONTRACT PROCESSING

Mar 12, 1990 Mark A. Westhoff Colorado Interstate Gas Co. Colorado Springs Colorado Interstate Gas Co. has successfully integrated its transportation and exchange (T&E) gas accounting and tracking into its planning process for daily operations through a set of integrated computer programs called the Transportation and Exchange Gas Information Management System (T&E IMS). Based on a DEC VAX 11/780 computer, the system consists of a transportation gas information-management system, a supervisory control and

MULTIPHASE TECHNOLOGIES MOVE INTO FIELD TRIALS

Mar 12, 1990 Two developments the latter part of last year advanced the field-use history for multiphase technologies. Three multiphase pumps were commissioned in Europe and offshore Malaysia. And field trials of a three-phase subsea flow meter were begun in the North Sea. An MP40 pump, manufactured by Multiphase Systems Plc, Bristol, U.K., and installed on the Boker B platform, offshore Lutong, Sarawak, Malaysia, was commissioned on Aug. 31, 1989.

AUSTRALIA'S NW SHELF YIELDING SIGNIFICANT OIL AND GAS STRIKES

Mar 12, 1990 Exploration is turning up significant oil discoveries on the gas prone Northwest Shelf off Australia. Among the latest action, Western Australia Petroleum Pty. Ltd. (Wapet) tested another sizable oil and gas discovery. Wapet partner Chevron Overseas Petroleum Inc. (COPI) reported the discovery and detailed production results from other recent strikes as well as current exploration and drilling activity in the region off Western Australia at a security analysts' meeting in New York.

WATCHING THE WORLD NORTH SEA DRILLING ON THE RISE

Mar 12, 1990 with Roger Vielvoye from London Britain's offshore drilling business appears to have completely recovered from the bout of "falling crude price sickness" contracted in 1986. After a couple of years of convalescence, when North Sea drilling activity started to recover, two independent examinations have pronounced the patient fully restored to the vibrant health it enjoyed in the mid-1980's.

SHELL PUSHES RIG ADVANCES, CONTRACT REVAMP

Mar 12, 1990 Rig mechanization and automation will be to the 1990's what development of horizontal drilling techniques was to the late 1980's, says R.M. (Ric) Charlton, director of exploration/production operations and liaison for Shell Internationale Petroleum Mij. Such advances are needed, he said, for the health of the industry. However, making sure new technologies are widely applied is as important as developing them, he told the annual drilling conference jointly sponsored in Houston by the

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