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ESSO SUBSEA PRODUCTION SYSTEM ADVANCES

Jun 11, 1990 The third phase of Esso Exploration & Production U.K. Ltd.'s diverless maintained cluster (DMAC) system is under way with the award of contracts worth about 200,000 ($328,000) to Fuel Subsea Engineering Ltd., Woking, England, and Rockwater Ltd., Aberdeen, Scotland. The program aims to develop a diverless subsea production system for development of marginal fields in water depths of 330-3,300 ft. The system consists of a central manifold tied to satellite wells by jumper spool pieces.

COAST GUARD CALIFORNIA SPILL REPORT STIRS FUSS

Jul 2, 1990 A U.S. Coast Guard report and recommendations related to the Feb. 7 tanker oil spill off Huntington Beach, Calif., have stirred controversy and could lead to tough new U.S. marine terminal restrictions. The report found the spill occurred because tanker terminal operator Golden West Refining Co., Santa Fe Springs, Calif., and the mooring master or his employer failed to maintain accurate water depth readings (OGJ, June 4, Newsletter).

EXPORTS OF U.S. EQUIPMENT TO U.S.S.R. RISE

Jul 23, 1990 U.S. exports of petroleum exploration and production equipment to the Soviet Union jumped sharply during 1989. It was the third straight year of increased shipments from the U.S. Total exports of "machinery and equipment for drilling, well operation, and geological exploration" by foreign suppliers to the U.S.S.R. increased by less than 1% to 637 million rubles vs. 634 million rubles in 1988. But U.S. sales of such equipment leaped 138% to 34.3 million rubles from less than 14.4 million rubles

U.K. APPROVES AMERADA'S SCOTT FIELD PROJECT

Aug 20, 1990 Amerada Hess Ltd. has received U.K. Department of Energy approval to develop Scott oil field in Central North Sea Blocks 15/21 and 15/22. Scott, which holds 450 million bbl of oil, 290 bcf of gas and 40 million bbl of gas liquids, is scheduled to go on stream at the end of 1993. Plateau oil production will be about 180,000 b/d. The field will require water injection capacity of 230,000 b/d. To cost about 1 billion ($1.86 billion), Scott is the biggest current project off the U.K.

REMOTE UNITS ELIMINATE UNPRODUCTIVE PUMPING

Sep 3, 1990 Henry R. Swartzlander Texaco USA Midland, Tex. Sucker-rod pumpoff controllers (POCS) based on available off-the-shelf remote terminal unit (RTU) components have been developed and installed by Texaco USA in its Midland, Tex., producing area. Market availability of off-the-shelf pumpoff controllers in the early 1980's was limited. However, the fundamental building blocks for a general RTU-based system were readily available.

OIL FLOW BEGINS IN PEARL RIVER MOUTH BASIN

Sep 24, 1990 First hydrocarbon production has started in the Pearl River Mouth basin off China. ACT Operators Group, working with a unit of China National Offshore Oil Corp. (Cnooc), began oil flow Sept. 13 from Huizhou 21-1 field in the South China Sea, 100 miles southeast of Hong Kong. Peak production of about 30,000 b/d is expected early in 1991. More oil production is on the way in the basin. ACT and Cnooc's Nanhai East Oil Corp. are developing a second oil field, Huizhou 26-1, 15 miles southwest

PIPELINING-WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION

Oct 15, 1990 *Designates projects listed for the first time in the Journal. ALL AMERICAN PIPELINE. 525 miles, 30 in. from McCamey to Webster, Tex. Contr: RB Potashnick (301 miles). Completion: 1990. AMOCO PIPELINE CO. 19 miles, 8 in. trunk line replacement in Oklahoma. 8 miles, 8 in. trunk line replacement in North Dakota. 5 miles, 4 in. and 5 miles, 8 in. gathering line replacement in Texas. 3 miles, 8 in., 10 miles, 12 in. and 1.5 miles, 26 in. trunk line replacements in Texas.

NEW ZEALAND'S WAIHAPA PROJECT PROCEEDING

Nov 19, 1990 Petrocorp Exploration (Waihapa) Ltd. and partners are proceeding with second stage development of Waihapa gas/condensate field in New Zealand despite continuing legal and political problems over oil and gas issues in that country. Meantime, a group led by Marathon Oil Corp. has spudded a wildcat off New Zealand, the second by a major U.S. oil company announced there this fall. Delivery of first gas from Waihapa, in the onshore Taranaki basin, to a power plant at Stratford, N.Z., in late

PIPELINING - WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION

Apr 15, 1991 *Designates projects listed for the first time in the Journal. AMOCO PIPELINE CO. 19 miles, 8 in. trunk line replacement in Oklahoma. (A9) 8 miles, 8 in. trunk line replacement in North Dakota. (A9) 5 miles, 4 in. and 5 miles, 8 in. gathering line replacement in Texas.(A9) 3 miles, 8 in., 10 miles, 12 in. and 1.5 miles, 26 in. trunk line replacements in Texas. (A9) *CAJON PIPELINE CO. 122 miles, 20 in line from offshore California and San Joaquin valley oil fields to the Los Angeles basin.

PETROBRAS PUSHING EDGE OF DEEPWATER FRONTIER

Apr 22, 1991 Brazil's Petroleos Brasileiro SA continues to extend the frontier of subsea technology, especially in the deepwater Campos basin. The basin has huge hydrocarbon potential. Brazil's supergiant Albacora and Marlim field complexes in the Campos basin are expected to account for most of the projected near doubling of Brazil's oil production this century (OGJ, Mar. 11, p. 38). Among recent technological advances Petrobras has:

COMPACT CATALYTIC REACTOR CONTROLS VENT ODORS FROM OIL FIELD

Apr 22, 1991 Keith Eddington BP Exploration Welton, U.K. Peter Carnell ICI Katalco Cleveland, U.K. Compact fixed-bed reactors can control H2S emissions from hydrocarbon vent gases. Once installed there is no operating requirement other than routine analysis. This type of reactor is now in service on oil platforms in the North Sea and in the U.S. The design was first tested in the Welton oil field, located in Lincolnshire, U.K.

TAPS CORROSION-1 ULTRASONIC INSPECTION PROMPTS CHEMICAL INHIBITOR PROGRAM

Apr 22, 1991 Peter M. Ricca Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. Anchorage Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) has initiated a large-scale corrosion mitigation program using chemical inhibitors. Ultrasonic inspection in 1988 revealed internal corrosion predominantly in low-velocity piping where emulsified water had precipitated out of the crude oil and supported microbial corrosion. TAPS developed a system of manual batch treatment to treat the numerous dead legs in the pump-station facilities along with procedures for

FOUR RIGS REFURBISHED

Jun 10, 1991 In April and May 1990, Shell Petroleum Development Co. of Nigeria Ltd. awarded Noble Drilling West Africa Inc. four separate contracts to drill oil and gas wells in the inland waterways of Nigeria. The contracted rigs included a shallow water jack up, the NN-1, and three posted barges, the Gene Rosser, the Chuck Syring, and the Lewis Dugger. The jack up was built in 1978, and the three posted barges are 1980s vintage. Three of the rigs have been idle for a number of years. The Shell Nigeria

INTERNATIONAL GAS SHIPMENTS TO MAINTAIN UPWARD TREND

Jul 1, 1991 International gas trade is on the rise. Gas sold across international borders accounted for about 14% of the world's marketed gas production last year. One of the major players in the business, Royal Dutch/Shell Group, predicts international trade will account for 21% of world gas sales by 2010. Achieving that massive upturn in business will require major new investments. Shell forecasts that during the next 20 years $600-800 billion will be required, including $60 billion for the

WATER-PACKING TECHNIQUES SUCCESSFUL IN GRAVEL PACKING HIGH-ANGLE WELLS

Jul 8, 1991 Douglas J. Wilson, Mark F. Barrilleaux Exxon Co. U.S.A. New Orleans Prepacking and waterpacking techniques were successful in gravel packing the long, highly deviated completion intervals (up to 445 ft at angles approaching 70) in the wells on the Lena guyed tower, located in the Gulf of Mexico. During 8 rig-years of operations, these techniques were used for both single and multizone completions. While some operators consider this technology antiquated, field experience at Lena demonstrates

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