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Suncor upgrader gets unplanned maintenance

Mar 14, 2012

Suncor Energy expects one of its two bitumen upgraders in Fort McMurray, Alta., to be offline for 3-5 weeks while it conducts unplanned maintenance related to fractionator performance.

Review starts of Laricina's Germain expansion

Mar 12, 2012

Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board has begun its review of applications by Laricina Energy Ltd. for expansion of the Germain commercial demonstration oil sands project in the west Athabasca region.

CNRL on schedule to restart Horizon bitumen upgrader in March

Mar 9, 2012

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. drilled a record number of wells and achieved record quarterly production totaling more than 657,000 boe/d during fourth-quarter 2011, and plans are on schedule for the Horizon bitumen upgrader to resume full operations by the end of March.

Shale gas operations must hinge on environmental safety, panelists say

Mar 6, 2012

The US natural gas industry must continue to focus on ensuring that shale gas is produced in an environmentally safe manner in concert with continuing to disclose information about operations to help minimize public opposition to development, panelists told conference attendees Mar. 5 at IHS CERA Week in Houston.

Comments open on Frontier oil sands project

Mar 6, 2012

Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board has opened applications for the Frontier Oil Sands Mines Project for comment after the operator agreed to a deal that would give it 100% interest in the development about 100 km north of Fort McMurray.

Canadian oil sands producers form environmental alliance

Mar 2, 2012

Producers active in the oil sands of Canada will collaborate to improve environmental performance under a new group to be led by a former official of the federal government.

Encana opens Shreveport LNG fleet station

Feb 28, 2012

Encana Natural Gas Inc. has opened Louisiana’s first liquefied natural gas fueling station at Frierson along Interstate 49 about 15 miles south of Shreveport.

Enerplus adding Marcellus production, reserves

Feb 24, 2012

Enerplus Corp., Calgary, will spend $190 million in the Marcellus shale region in 2012, about 80% of which it will allocate to nonoperated interests in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Move targeting oil sands stalls in EU

Feb 23, 2012

A European Union technical committee handed Alberta producers a “small victory” by declining to declare fuels made from bitumen to be greater emitters of greenhouse gases than those from other types of crude oil.

Connacher delays oil sands expansion, names CEO

Feb 22, 2012

Connacher Oil & Gas Ltd., Calgary, which last month disclosed a strategic review following key management changes, has delayed the planned expansion of its Alberta oil sands production project and named an interim chief executive officer (OGJ Online, Jan. 20, 2012).

CNRL applies for Kirby oil sands expansion

Feb 17, 2012

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has filed regulatory applications for expansion of its Kirby in situ oil sands project in the southern Athabasca region of Alberta.

Talisman to deem Colombia's Akacias commercial

Feb 16, 2012

Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, said the 2010 Akacias-1 discovery on the Ecopetrol-operated CPO-9 heavy oil block in Colombia’s Llanos basin has produced more than 325,000 bbl of oil equivalent on long-term test since May 2011.

Panelists see informed regs as key to unconventional production

Feb 14, 2012

Development of the necessary data to reach informed regulatory decisions is the next critical unconventional production issue to be addressed, panelists said in a Feb. 14 forum co-sponsored by General Electric Co. and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Zodiac praises Kreyenhagen formation characteristics

Feb 13, 2012

Zodiac Exploration Inc., Calgary, has completed a 10-stage stimulation in the Upper Kreyenhagen formation in its 1-10 horizontal well in Kings County, Calif., followed by a flowback period.

Lea County, NM, gets horizontal Brushy Canyon oil find

Feb 10, 2012

Red Mountain Resources Inc., Dallas, said it initiated oil production from the Delaware Brushy Canyon reservoir at its Madera 24-2H horizontal well in Lea County, NM.

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