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AUSTRALIA TO HIKE LNG SHIPMENTS TO JAPAN

Jul 16, 1990 Shipments of Australian LNG to Japan will increase with the maiden voyage, scheduled for October, of Northwest Snipe, the fourth ship in the North West Shelf Project's planned seven tanker fleet. The vessel is being built at Chiba shipyard of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding. Pressure testing and insulation of cargo tanks, inspection of pipelines, and dock tests of the main engine are complete. Testing of alarm and monitoring systems is under way.

RAPID REVERSAL NOT LIKELY FOR DECLINE IN SOVIET OIL FLOW

Jul 16, 1990 The slide in Soviet oil flow won't likely be reversed soon. Production could drop another 4%-maybe more-this year following a decline in 1989 of about 2.5% from the previous year. For the near term, natural gas offers the best hope for growth in energy production. That's according to Robert Ebel, Enserch Corp. vice president, international affairs, Washington, D.C. Ebel expects 1990 Soviet oil production to average about 11.6-11.7 million b/d, compared with 1989 output of 12.14 million

DIAGNOSIS KEY TO FLOODING PROBLEM SOLUTION

Jul 16, 1990 Norman P. Lieberman Process Improvement Engineering Metairie, La. When tower flooding occurs, results of field diagnoses of the problem must be included in the solution to the flooding problem. Results of the dianosis can help determine the easiest means to eliminate the flooding. Two examples indicate how good field diagnosis could have led to simpler solutions to tower-flooding problems. One refiner was experiencing flooding of a depropanizer. Based on field investigation, it was determined

NEW FOAMS INTRODUCE NEW VARIABLES TO FRACTURING

Jul 16, 1990 David J. Mack Western Co. Oklahoma City Larry J. Harrington Western Co. The Woodlands, Tex . Two recent developments in foam fracturing technology are delayed crosslinked carbon dioxide (CO2) and the combination of nitrogen (N2) with CO2. The characteristics of these products are different than conventional CO2 or N2 foams. To obtain good fracs with these newer foams, special considerations must be made in the design and setup of the job.

COLORADO PLATEAU SUBSURFACE WATER FLOW KEY

Jul 23, 1990 David L. Allin Consulting geologist Salt Lake City Explorationists have been frustrated from the start in their efforts to discover and develop commercial petroleum reserves in the Colorado Plateau province of Utah. Can improvements be made, or is this a snipe hunt?

WATCHING THE WORLD ADVICE FROM HAMILTON BROS.

Jul 23, 1990 with Roger Vielvoye from London The North Sea is often described as a play for big companies. Statistics appear to bear this out. Twenty of the larger companies dominate production, reserves, and acreage holdings. In the shadow of the big boys, smaller companies have chalked up a number of notable achievements. For instance, Hamilton Bros. Oil & Gas produced oil from the U.K. sector through the North Sea's first floating production facility.

E. EUROPE MOVING TO SOLVE ENERGY PROBLEMS

Jul 23, 1990 The International Energy Agency says there is a huge market opening in eastern Europe for technology to increase the clean, efficient use of energy. IEA is stepping up its capability to analyze activities in the region, where the first steps toward market economies are under way (OGJ, July 16, p. 21). IEA is most closely involved with Poland. A seminar organized by the Danish and Polish governments and the agency led to an IEA mission to Poland in June.

ONE SMACKOVER FIELD 2 YEARS AFTER DISCOVERY

Jul 23, 1990 G. Alan Petzet Exploration Editor A look at one Jurassic Smackover field in southern Mississippi about 2 years after discovery shows that exploration in the area can be attractive. The Weeks Exploration Co. 1 McCoy Heirs, in 20 10n-7w, Wayne County, Miss., was completed in May 1988 and opened Clear Creek field. On completion it flowed 888 b/d of 41 gravity oil and 810 Mcfd of gas through a 16/64 in. choke with 1,800 psi flowing tubing pressure from perforations at 14,313-648 ft.

ARTIFICIAL ISLAND PLANNED FOR WYTCH FARM FIELD

Jul 23, 1990 An artificial island has emerged as the preferred development option for the 100 million bbl offshore extension of Wytch Farm oil field on the south coast of England. Field operator BP Exploration hopes to submit planning applications for the island during 1991. Production start-up from the island is provisionally set for 1995. BP has also started up a new gathering station in the onshore part of the field that will enable production from Europe's largest onshore field to rise to 60,000

U.S. INDUSTRY REFIGHTING BATTLES ON CLEAN AIR ACT

Jul 23, 1990 Patrick Crow Washington Editor The U.S. oil industry is refighting lost skirmishes this summer as House and Senate conferees work on compromise Clean Air Act legislation. Oil lobbyists will be arguing against several provisions such as requirements for reformulated gasoline. But changes will be hard to win. Merging the House and Senate Clean Air Act reauthorization bills will be no small task. Both are about 700 pages long. They take different approaches to different problems. The House

MULTI PHASE LOW CONCERNS GUIDE TOGI SYSTEM DESIGN

Jul 23, 1990 Morten N. Lingelem Henning Holm John Meling Norsk Hydro A.S. Oslo Plans to move raw gas condensate from the Troll field to the neighboring Oseberg complex for processing illustrate the design concerns for long-distance multiphase flow. A pipeline-monitoring system has been designed for the Troll-Oseberg gas-injection (TOGI) system in part to alert operators to hydrate formations in the system.

AGIP PLANS DEVELOPMENT OF N. SEA FIELD

Jul 23, 1990 Agip (U.K.) has let the U.K. North Sea's biggest turnkey contract for a production platform in Tiffany field. The 450 million ($810 million) contract went to Press Offshore, Matthew Hall Engineering, and Saipem SpA in a joint venture known as Tiffany Contractors. It covers engineering, procurement, fabrication, transportation, installation, hookup, commissioning, and start-up of the platform in Block 16/17. Agip plans to start production from the 125 million bbl field in 1993. Production

SOVIETS SEEK JOINT VENTURES FOR SMALL FIELDS NEAR CASPIAN

Jul 23, 1990 John L. Kennedy Editor The U.S.S.R. is interested in attracting small and medium sized firms to help develop smaller, difficult fields as well as big international companies to participate in giant fields like Tengiz. On a recent trip to Moscow and to areas around the Caspian Sea, U.S. independents and representatives of several international firms discussed a number of fields that might be available for joint ventures between the Soviets and western companies.

FRACTURING TECHNIQUES DEPEND ON COAL SEAM CHARACTERISTICS

Jul 23, 1990 John W. Ely Stephen A. Holditch S.A. Holditch & Associates Inc. College Station, Tex. Varying formation properties in coal seams creates the need for variable completion practices for optimum methane production. One primary concept in successful coal seam fracturing requires interconnecting the cleat system to the well bore. This interconnection is similar to interconnecting natural fractures to the well bore in conventional reservoirs.

CONOCO GROUP PLANS BIG HEAVY OIL PROJECT IN ECUADOR'S ORIENTE

Jul 23, 1990 A group led by Conoco Ecuador Ltd. plans a $500 million, five field project in Ecuador's Oriente region that will be the country's first heavy oil development. Reserves tentatively estimated at 200 million bbl could support production of 45,000 b/d for 20 years. No start-up date is scheduled. The project includes a large program of horizontal wells rare in Latin America-as well as vertical wells and two new pipelines, extending industry's infrastructure in the Oriente farther

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