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SURFACE AREA APPROACH KEY TO BOREHOLE STABILITY

Feb 26, 1990 Roy D. Wilcox Baroid Drilling Fluids Inc. Houston Clay stability models based on surface-area, equilibrium water-content pressure relationships,' and electric double-layer' theory can successfully characterize borehole stability problems. Because borehole problems are complex, a total systems approach to their solution is required.

E&D PROGRAMS BUILDING IN ARKOMA BASIN

Feb 26, 1990 G. Alan Petzet Senior Staff Writer Arkoma basin operators are pressing exploration and development programs along the Choctaw fault in Pittsburg, Latimer, and Atoka counties, Okla. Peko Oil USA, an affiliate of Santos Ltd. of Australia, plans to drill as many as 25 Arkoma wells during 1990, including several Arbuckle prospects, from what it calls the "sizable Tex-Pek prospect portfolio." Peko said Tex-Pek Arkoma Basin Partnership, formed in late 1987, has finished drilling 41 wells, of which 27

OTTAWA TO SELL PETRO-CANADA TO CUT DEFICIT

Feb 26, 1990 The Canadian government will sell Petro-Canada Inc. as part of a deficit reduction program. In a federal budget unveiled Feb. 20, Finance Minister Michael Wilson said Ottawa also will cancel federal financial support for the $4.1 billion OSLO oil sands development project in northern Alberta and an exploration incentives program. Ottawa has been considering sale of Petro-Canada for some time as part of a program to privatize government owned companies. The integrated oil company has an

DOE OUTLINES 18 OIL FIELD RESEARCH PROJECTS

Feb 26, 1990 The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen 18 oil field research projects to receive nearly $8.4 million in federal funding. The projects range from general studies of the geologic makeup of oil reservoirs to use of luminescent bacteria to trace the flow of fluids through an oil bearing formation. They include five projects that will concentrate on fundamental studies of microbial enhanced oil recovery, a technique that uses microorganisms to boost oil production.

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

Feb 26, 1990 U.S. EXPORT-IMPORT BANK approved a $13.2 million loan to Algeria's Sonatrach to help refurbish its Arzew liquefied natural gas plant, which is operating at only 60% of capacity (OGJ, Feb. 19, p. 34). Sonatrach will use the money to pay for engineering services from M.W. Kellogg, Houston, turbine parts from General Electric, and turbo-compressor parts from Elliot Turbo Machinery and Turbodyne.

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Feb 26, 1990 BP is making significant progress on cleanup of the oil spill off Huntington Beach, Calif. (OGJ, Feb. 19, p. 30). It has removed all gross contamination from beaches and all oil from the water. A work force less than one third peak levels at about 300 began fine-polishing cleanup last week.

WATCHING WASHINGTON NOT OFF JONES'S COAST

Mar 5, 1990 With Patrick Crow Lingering discord over a planned wildcat off North Carolina has had repercussions on Capitol Hill. Rep. Walter Jones (D-N.C.) and 16 other congressmen have filed a bill to overturn a 1984 Supreme Court decision that upheld the federal government's right to hold offshore lease sales even if coastal states object. The court held that federal offshore leasing is not an activity that "directly affects" the coastal zone, as defined under the 1972 Coastal Zone Management Act,

HUNT TO EXPLORE BLOCK IN SOUTHERN LAOS

Mar 5, 1990 The Laotian government and Laos Hunt Oil Co. have signed a production sharing contract covering 6.4 million acres in the southern part of Laos. The agreement provides for an initial 2 year exploration term with options for four more 2 year terms. Laos Hunt, a subsidiary of Hunt Oil Co., Dallas, will conduct geological and geophysical studies in the first 2 years of operations and acquire at least 500 line km of seismic data during the second 2 years. The company will drill an unspecified number

RIG SAFETY DEPENDS ON EQUIPMENT, REGULATIONS, AND PERSONNEL

Mar 5, 1990 Thomas R. Bates Jr., Stuart Tait Sedco Forex Aberdeen, U.K. Galin Mumford Sedco Forex Montrouge, France Improvements that can increase rig safety can be made in equipment, regulations, and stabilized personnel levels. With regard to equipment, exposure to material handling must be reduced through automation, and well-control technology must be improved by enhanced use of computers and better systems to handle gas.

DRILLING, PRODUCTION MEET ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE

Mar 5, 1990 Guntis Moritis Drilling/Production Editor Equipment and practices for extracting, in an environmentally sound manner, hydrocarbons from the earth can significantly differ from one location to the next. Practices that are environmentally acceptable at one location may place the environment at severe risk at another. New regulations such the Superfund and Clean Water laws are forcing operators in the U.S. to change the methods for waste disposal or incorporate less hazardous substances into the

THERE IS NEW DRILLING IN APPALACHIAN BASIN

Mar 5, 1990 John McCaslin Exploration Editor There seems to be a flicker of exploratory success in Appalachia that could relight the gas hunt that began several years ago in the Eastern Overthrust Belt. Recent action in Jordan Run field, West Virginia, new producers in several counties in the state, a deeper pool project in southeastern Ohio, new production in Centre County, Penn., and new gas prospects in the Morgantown area should set the stage for another round of wildcatting and field development work

SOUTH AMERICAN TURNING POINTS

Mar 5, 1990 Change is afoot in South America. The continent simmers in political and economic pressures. Some of the pressures already have altered business conditions for foreign oil companies. Many more likely will do so soon. All the main South American oil producing countries have struggling economies, underexplored resources, and great capital needs. That combination has created opportunities for foreign companies in some countries and should in all the others. But nationalistic resistance to

U.S. BRIEFS

Mar 5, 1990 EL PASO REFINERY LP is using $127 million in proceeds from a public offering of a 43% limited partnership interest to expand capacity of its 26,000 b/d El Paso refinery to 55,000 b/d. Construction is to start in second quarter 1990.

REFINERS, PETROCHEM PLANTS FOCUS ON NEW WASTE CHALLENGES

Mar 5, 1990 Richard A. Corbett Refining/Petrochemical Editor Refineries and petrochemical plants face tough regulations on emissions of hazardous wastes and air emissions during the next decade. During the 1990s, process plants will have to substantially change the way they generate, handle, store, and dispose of hazardous wastes, particularly spent catalysts, and they will likely have to substantially reduce air emissions.

COLLAPSE TESTS EXPAND COILED-TUBING USES

Mar 5, 1990 Eric J. Walker, Clifton M. Mason BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. Anchorage Tests on coiled tubing have allowed BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to decrease well work costs for some operations, especially squeeze cementing. in 1989, BPX (AK) conducted collapse tests of 1.5 in. (0.095 in. and 0.109-in. wall thickness) and 1.75-in. (0.109-in. wall thickness) OD coiled tubing while under imposed axial load and differential pressure. These tests were performed to define accurate field operating limits

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