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OUACHITAS NEED MORE EXPLORATORY DRILLING

Apr 9, 1990 Neil H. Suneson, Jock A. Campbell Oklahoma Geological Survey Norman, Okla. The Ouachita Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas are part of a mostly buried late Paleozoic fold and thrust belt that extends from Alabama to northern Mexico.

SANTOS STARTS UP NEW COOPER BASIN GAS FLOW

Apr 9, 1990 The Cooper basin group led by Santos Ltd. has started gas production from two South Australia permits linked to the state's gas grid by a new gathering system. Santos last month began processing gas from fields in Southwest Patchawarra and Murta blocks at the Moomba plant. Southwest Patchawarra fields, lying north and west of Moomba, include Karunda, Andree/Leleptian, and Kanowana. Murta fields, farther south, include Garanjanie, Thurakina, and Dirkala.

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Apr 9, 1990 The National Petroleum Refiners Association will encourage refiners to take a more active role in the debate on improving air quality in he U.S., says Richard I. Robinson, newly elected chairman of NPRA. NPRA, traditionally not involved in direct lobbying, will continue to support refiner efforts with technical and economic information. Robinson, vice-president of refining, Phillips Petroleum Co., said lawmakers should let the market determine the use of reformulated or alternative fuels (see

TEXACO UNIT, PARTNERS DRILL OIL STRIKE OFF NORTHWEST ANGOLA

Apr 9, 1990 Texaco Latin America/West Africa and partners have tested another oil discovery off Angola. Texaco's 1 Bagre flowed 34.6-36.8 gravity oil at a combined rate of 13,488 b/d from five zones in Cretaceous dolomite at 9,130-9,640 ft. The group is assessing the discovery's potential for development. It was drilled to 11,086 ft measured depth in 72 ft of water on the 1 million acre Block 2 about 7 miles off Angola's northwest coast and 200 miles north of Luanda.

PHILLIPS RULES OUT EKOFISK NITROGEN PROJECT

Apr 9, 1990 The Phillips Petroleum Co. Norway group has dropped plans for a nitrogen injection plant in Ekofisk oil and gas field in the Norwegian North Sea. Better than expected performance of the field's $1.4 billion waterflood project, coupled with rising costs of the nitrogen proposal, were responsible for the decision. In the British North Sea, Phillips Petroleum Co. United Kingdom Ltd. installed a second platform in Audrey field in Block 48/15a of the southern basin.

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

Apr 9, 1990 SHELL CANADA LTD. plans to restructure its downstream operations and may sell or close some of its 3,500 service stations and four refineries. The restructuring plan is expected to be in place by second half 1990. Shell plans to concentrate on an exploration and development program with capital outlays of $768 million (Canadian) this year (OGJ, Apr. 2, p. 40).

WATCHING WASHINGTON OFFSHORE PERCEPTIONS

Apr 9, 1990 with Patrick Crow The National Ocean Industries Association, meeting in Washington last week, repeatedly heard it must reverse public perceptions of offshore drilling if U.S. offshore leasing is to get off high center. Interior Sec. Manuel Lujan said despite the facts of the situation, much of the political problem associated with the OCS program is a matter of perceptions.

U.S. BRIEFS

Apr 9, 1990 ARKLA EXPLORATION CO., Shreveport, formed a joint venture with Oneok Exploration Co., Tulsa, and a private investor for onshore exploration and development on the Texas Gulf Coast during the next 3 years. As operator of the joint program, Arkla will bear 55% of the projected $25 million cost on selected prospects in the Yegua, Wilcox, and Frio trends. Oneok will pay 20%, the private investor the remaining 25%.

EXPORTS OF HEAVY CALIFORNIA CRUDE AT ISSUE

Apr 16, 1990 The issue of exporting heavy California crude oil has independent West Coast refiners and producers at odds. Producers, saying the market for heavy oil is weak, have sought a waiver to federal laws banning crude exports, They convinced Congress to order a study of the issue as part of a 1988 trade bill. Last January a federal task force recommended exports increasing from 15,000 to 25,000 b/d during 3 years for California crude of 20 gravity or less (OGJ, Jan. 22, Newsletter). President Bush

ALGAL REEF MOUNDS OF SE UTAH ATTRACT DRILLING

Apr 16, 1990 John McCaslin Exploration Editor Utah's Paradox basin is once again in the exploratory news, a rare event in these slim wildcatting days.

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

Apr 16, 1990 IRAN resumed gas exports to the U.S.S.R. Apr. 9 through a 1,300 km pipeline from its southern fields to Astara on the Caspian Sea after an 11 year hiatus. The two countries last week signed a 15 year contract covering sales of 94 bcf/year as part of a $6 billion trade pact. Iranian exports could climb to 313 bcf/year under the agreement. The U.S.S.R. also agreed to allow use of its territory as a transit point for Iranian gas exports through Turkey to Europe.

PETROCHEMICALS- WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION

Apr 16, 1990 *Designates projects listed for the first time in the Journal. AIR PRODUCTS. Deer Park, Tex. Polyvinyl alcohol plant under construction. Engr. and Design: Bechtel. Completion: 1991. AMOCO CHEMICAL. Texas City, Tex. 1.5 billion lb/y ethylene plant. Feed: Ethane, propane. Products: Ethylene, methane, propylene, butadiene, fuel oil. $300 MM. Tech: MW Kellogg. Eng/des/lic: MW Kellogg. Completion: 1992. Planned. Paraxylene debottleneck under construction. Completion: Sept. 1990. Chocolate

AMERICAS' PETROCHEM OUTLOOK DIMS

Apr 16, 1990 Bob Williams Senior Staff Writer The U.S. petrochemical industry will enter the 1990s shakily, as analysts and industry officials expect a weak market performance in 1990. That's because weakening domestic demand and lagging export markets are combining with surplus capacity to depress prices and thus shave margins. It won't be a total collapse of the market as was seen in the early 1980s, but the specter of overbuilt capacity and with it depressed markets looms in the next few years,

TWO WESTERN FIRMS SIGN GEOPHYSICAL DEALS WITH SOVIETS

Apr 16, 1990 Two more western companies are doing business with Soviet geophysical data. Halliburton Geophysical Services Inc. and Dalmornefetegeofizica Trust, a subsidiary of the Soviet Ministry of Oil and Gas Industry, agreed to a joint venture to acquire 2D seismic data in the Chukchi Sea. The companies will work in areas of interest to international oil companies using a Soviet geophysical vessel equipped with Halliburton Geophysical Services equipment. International oil companies reviewed the project

MIDDLE EAST PRESSES DEVELOPMENT

Apr 16, 1990 Roger Vielvoye International Editor Major investment programs are under way in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar aimed at stepping up oil flow, while Kuwaiti officials say their industry can bring on new production as required. The action is part of a buildup in Middle East productive capacity (OGJ, Apr. 9, p. 21). Kuwait's present capacity is 2.5 million b/d. And with reserves of about 95 billion bbl arid a well developed infrastructure, Kuwait has the ability to move quickly in adding

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