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U.S. BRIEFS

Jun 18, 1990 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS CO. plans to buy 227 MMcfd of spot gas in June at $1.42/MMBTU, the same price it paid through May 21, when it took 551 MMcfd of spot gas. A WILLIAMS PIPE LINE CO. line spilled more than 75,000 gal of diesel fuel into the Minnesota River from a leak at the Eden Prairie, Minn., river crossing just south of Minneapolis. Fuel spread about 8 miles downstream, and boat traffic was halted while it was contained. Williams officials blamed failure of a check valve and connected

BRITISH OPERATORS TEST FOUR DISCOVERIES IN NORTH SEA

Jun 18, 1990 U.K. North Sea operators have gauged four discoveries-two each in the southern gas basin and the central sector. Conoco (U.K.) Ltd. drilled the southern basin wells, while Hamilton Bros. Oil & Gas and Phillips U.K. Ltd. drilled the Central North Sea strikes. Conoco's wells lie northeast of the main Rotleigendes producing area and near the company's Murdoch prospect and Total Oil Marine's Caister gas field. Drilled to 14,015 ft, the 44/22b-8 wildcat tested a separate structure on

SPILL FEARS MAY BLOCK GULF DRILLING PROGRAM IN CANADIAN BEAUFORT

Jun 18, 1990 A Canadian environmental panel has warned it will recommend against a drilling program by Gulf Canada Ltd ' in the Beaufort Sea unless Gulf provides detailed information on a worst case oil Spill. Jim Livingstone, chairman of the federal Environmental Impact Review Board, said if Gulf cannot provide the information the board will have no option but to recommend to federal regulators that the drilling plan be rejected.

MODELS' PERFORMANCE LEADS TO ADSORPTION-UNIT MODIFICATIONS

Jun 25, 1990 P. J. Parsons, J.J. Templeman British Gas plc Midlands Research Station Solihull, West Midlands U.K. Models to predict performance of a natural-gas absorber for dew point control were used successfully to analyze absorber performance at British Gas plc's Easington terminal and have led to modifications to handle additional volumes. The models were verified with data from pilot-plant tests and trials on absorbers at the terminal. They revealed the absorbers' capacities to be greater than

U.S. BRIEFS

Jun 25, 1990 ENGELHARD CORP., Edison, N.J., hiked prices for its U.S. produced standard fluid catalytic cracking catalysts by an average 12% and for high activity, high performance catalysts by at least 20%. It raised prices of traditional gasoline catalysts less than 12% and stopped all product discounts.

SOVIET JOINT VENTURE PACE CONTINUES TO SIZZLE

Jun 25, 1990 Joint venture activity between western companies and Soviet partners in petroleum projects in the U.S.S.R. continues to accelerate. The latest ventures involve: Anglo-Suisse Inc. (ASI), Houston, reaching agreement with the U.S.S.R. Ministry of Oil & Gas Industry's Varyegan Oil & Gas Association (VOGA) to study feasibility of drilling a series of horizontal wells in western Siberia's West Varyegan and Tagrin oil fields.

STEAMFLOOD BOOSTS INDONESIA'S PRODUCTION AND PROVED RESERVES

Jun 25, 1990 Guntis Moritis Drilling/Production Editor Indonesia is moving forward strongly on several fronts, including enhanced oil recovery, in hopes of staying ahead of rising domestic consumption. The Duri steamflood operated by P.T. Caltex Pacific Indonesia (CPI), a Texaco Inc. and Chevron Corp. joint venture, under a production sharing contract with Pertamina, the Indonesia state oil company, has significantly added to Indonesia's proved reserves and production capability.

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Jun 25, 1990 Sweeping political and economic forces are battering South America's two biggest state petroleum companies. In addition to being hit by a spreading oil workers' strike (see story, p. 28), Brazil's Petrobras is about to be hit with an audit of its operations. Aepet, the association of Petrobras engineers, has asked Brazil's federal accounting tribunal to audit the state company to determine why it is in a financial crisis.

POLISH GAS PRODUCTION DUE WORLD BANK BOOST

Jun 25, 1990 World Bank will lend Poland $250 million to increase its gas production. The loan will finance development and rehabilitation of gas fields, evaluation of recent gas discoveries, expansion of transmission lines and storage units, and adoption of new technologies in gas processing and desulfurization. Technical assistance and staff training will be provided to Polish energy agencies to help them improve management and increase efficiency.

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

Jun 25, 1990 AMOCO CORP. won a $600 million cash settlement from the Iran-U.S. claims tribunal in the Hague, settling all claims and counterclaims. Amoco's claims stem from seizure of assets during the 1978-79 Iranian revolution. PACIFIC COAST ENERGY CORP., Vancouver, let a $55 million contract to Banister Pipelines, Edmonton, for construction of the Vancouver Island section of the Vancouver island gas pipeline project in British Columbia. Banister will lay 186 miles of 410 in. line from Victoria to

U.S. BRIEFS

Jul 2, 1990 PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC CO. received California's first Air Pollution Reduction Award for developing and using a process to remove hydrogen sulfide gas from geothermal steam and reducing hazardous waste by as much as 90% at the Geysers power plant, Sonoma and Lake counties, Calif. The process cuts the volume of chemicals used at the plant.

PROSPECT VARIETY LURES NEWCOMERS, HEATS COMPETITION IN GULF OF MEXICO

Jul 2, 1990 Bob Tippee Managing Editor-Economics and Exploration By offering oil and gas producers a full menu of opportunities, the Gulf of Mexico has moved beyond its role as mainstay of U.S. offshore drilling. In the past 3-4 years the gulf has become a unique offshore play accessible to once-landlocked U.S. independents. More recently, it has attracted a growing number of non-U.S. producers.

NORSKE SHELL TO TRIM HOLDINGS OFF NORWAY

Jul 2, 1990 Norske Shell plans to reduce its acreage off Norway. The company will offer interests in 11 licenses in the North Sea, off mid-Norway, and in the Barents Sea. The main objective is an exchange of acreage with other Norwegian operators, although cash bids from other companies seeking a foothold in Norwegian waters is not ruled out. The offer drew immediate interest from a number of Norwegian operators, but Shell said it must obtain permission of its partners in the licenses on offer before

GAS-STORAGE CALCULATIONS YIELD ACCURATE CAVERN, INVENTORY DATA

Jul 2, 1990 R. G. Mason Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corp. Houston Determining gas-storage cavern size and inventory variance is now possible with calculations based on shut-in cavern surveys. The method is the least expensive of three major methods and is quite accurate when recorded over a period of time. Several methods exist to determine gas-storage cavern size and inventory variance. Among these are direct measurement by sonar survey, direct measurement by water fill, and volume calculation from

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

Jul 2, 1990 INDIA'S petroleum ministry estimates oil sector spending at $33 billion in its eighth fiscal planning period,1990-95, up sharply from $10.863 billion in the seventh plan. The estimate breaks out, in billions of dollars, as Oil & Natural Gas Commission 17.4, refining 5.4, marketing 5.2, Gas Authority of India Ltd. 4, and Oil India Ltd. 1.1. ESSO BV let contract to Comprimo BV, Amsterdam, for a 40,000 kw cogeneration plant to supply power and steam at its Rotterdam refining and petrochemical

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