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Omega Aker Offshore Inc. is conducting a study for Marathon Oil Co. that could lead to installation of the Gulf of Mexico's first floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) system based on a tanker-perhaps with an onboard methanol plant. The study by the partnership of Omega Marine Group, Houston, and Aker Engineering AS, Oslo, covers tanker size, process plant preliminary design, mooring evaluation, and cost and development of a performance specification.

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MARATHON PETROLEUM IRELAND LTD. spudded the first delineation to a Celtic Sea oil and gas strike off southern Ireland. Its 48/24-3 discovery well flowed 1,600 b/d of oil and 5.4 MMcfd of gas about 16 miles south of Kinsale Head gas field. Drilled to 8,475 ft in 331 ft of water, the well was suspended pending evaluation. It was the last of five wells Marathon committed to in order to settle a long dispute over gas pricing. Marathon has an option to drill another five wells.

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The role of two Soviet companies in the group awarded exploration rights covering the jointly administered zone between North and South Yemen is in doubt. Machinoimport and Zarughgeologia planned to meet their contributions to the Hunt-Exxon, Total-CFP, and Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co. group with equipment and services. The non-Soviet partners don't like the quality of this equipment, and the Soviet companies have reportedly hit problems finding a cash alternative, leaving the

DESIGN BASIS DEVELOPED FOR H2 PIPELINE

M. Mohitpour Novacorp International Consulting Inc. C.L. Pierce Novalta Resources Inc. Calgary Peter Graham Novacor Chemicals Ltd. Joffre, Alta. In lieu of uniform codes or standards for hydrogen-gas pipeline design and construction, Novacorp International Consulting Inc., Calgary, developed a design basis and used it in the design, engineering, and construction of a hydrogen-gas cross-country pipeline. The pipeline joined the Alberta Gas Ethylene Co. Ltd. hydrogen purification plant to the

OGJ GROUP'S RESERVES STABLE IN '89 BUT LIQUIDS PRODUCTION, DRILLING DIVE

Robert J. Beck Economics Editor Joan Biggs OGJ Energy Database The Oil & Gas Journal group of 22 large U.S. oil and gas companies produced more gas, less oil and natural gas liquids, and drilled 22.7% fewer net wells in 1989 than in 1988, analysis of their annual reports shows. The group's world gas reserves were slightly higher at yearend 1989 and world liquids reserves slightly lower than at the end of 1988. The group's crude runs to stills were up a combined 0.9% from the 1988

HIGHER SEVERITY HYDROCONVERSION HIKES DIESEL AND DISTILLATE YIELDS AT VALERO

John F. Hohnholt Valero Refining Co. Houston Woodrow K. Shiflett Arthur J. Suchanek Criterion Catalyst Co. LP Houston Increasing the operating severity of the atmospheric resid hydrodesulfurization (Arhds) unit at Valero Refining Co.'s Corpus Christi, Tex., refinery boosted yields of diesel and distillate products. After an initial run of two cycles on the original process licensed catalyst, catalysts and operating conditions were changed, resulting in a subsequent 30-month run.

PHILLIPS HOMES IN ON PASADENA BLAST CAUSE

An isolated departure from routine procedures caused the Oct. 23, 1989, explosions and fire that leveled Phillips 66 Co.'s Pasadena, Tex., polyethylene plant and killed 23 people, a Phillips study has concluded. Other possible causes-such as flaws in design, construction, or materials quality or inadequate safety procedures-were not implicated, concluded a study of the accident by a special Phillips Petroleum Co. committee.

ECUADOR BOOSTS E&D TO STEM RESERVES SLIDE

Ecuador is stepping up exploration and development action in a bid to stem a continuing decline in oil reserves. One of the two smallest producers in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Ecuador is expected to experience its third consecutive annual decline in total oil reserves this year (OGJ, Dec. 18, 1989, p. 23).

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Occidental Petroleum Corp. calls its portfolio of international oil and gas exploration prospects the best in the company's history. Oxy will devote nearly half its $1.4 billion capital budget for 1990 to oil and gas. It plans 35 wildcats in China, Indonesia, Latin America, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Syria, and the U.K. North Sea. Ghana National Petroleum Corp., using $20 million in World Bank funds, will explore in four areas of the Accra-Keta basin with units of ARCO, Unocal, Shell, and

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CHINA'S biggest foreign funded refinery is under construction in Hainan province. The $530 million, 115,000 b/d plant at Haikou, funded solely by U.K. company Haikou (Ko Fung) Comprehensive Refinery Co. Ltd., is to be complete in 1992. Feedstock will be Middle East crudes, with products earmarked for export to Europe, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY reached a proposed $3.35 million settlement with Kern Oil & Refining Co. and Larry Delpit, a former Kern owner, to resolve claims that Kern sold price controlled crude to resellers and bought price exempt crude at below market discounts during October 1979-January 1991. Kern and Delpit did not admit any wrongdoing.

OPTIMIZATION AT WYOMING GAS PLANT IMPROVES PROFITABILITY

Lynn E. Saha Amoco Production Co. Houston Andrew J. Chontos Amoco Production Co. Evanston, Wyo. David R. Hatch ChemShare Corp. Houston Amoco Production Co. has implemented a computer-aided manufacturing system for on-line optimization at the Painter complex (Wyoming) gas-processing plant. The system is based on rigorous process modeling techniques using real time data. Early results show significant potential for improving the plant's profitability.

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WESTERN GAS MARKETING LTD., Calgary, plans to sue Consolidated Natural Gas Ltd. and Consolidated's former parent Northern Natural Gas Co. to enforce a sales contract that had a 15 year term to 1994. A Canadian export license expired in 1989, and Western alleges Consolidated was obliged to seek an extension but did not. Deliveries of as much as 167 MMcfd under the contract ended last Nov. 1, and Northern Natural switched to other suppliers.

TOOLS ASSIST IN MAPPING FRACTURED RESERVOIRS

Santiago M. Reynolds Houston A fracture is any break in the earth's crust, whether or not it causes displacement due to mechanical failure by stress. Fractures include cracks, joints, and faults. Usually thousands of fractures are associated with each fault (Fig. 1).

OIL, GAS FUNDAMENTALS NEED WORK

U.S. oil and gas producers are demonstrating industry fundamentals that the Department of Energy should watch closely. In its pursuit of a national energy strategy, DOE cannot ignore recent oil production declines. Any effective response to those declines must involve improvements to fundamentals within the government's control.

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