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FOREIGN OPERATOR'S OIL AND GAS E&D ACTION IN THAILAND GATHERING SPEED

Apr 29, 1991 The pace of foreign operators' exploration and development campaigns in Thailand continues to pick up speed. A rapidly growing economy is spurring sharp growth in oil and gas demand in Thailand. Correspondingly, the Thai government recently embarked on an ambitious energy program that focuses on increasing oil and gas production, expanding gas utilization, and building gas supply ties with neighboring countries (OGJ, Oct. 22, 1990, p. 21).

KUWAIT'S OIL EXPORT CAPABILITY 6 MONTHS AWAY

Apr 29, 1991 Kuwait National Petroleum Co.'s (KNPC's) 370,000 b/d Mina al-Ahmadi refinery should be fully operational again by June 1. But Kuwait will have no export facilities for either crude or products for at least 6 months. In developments in the campaign to kill hundreds of wild wells in Kuwait:

TESORO BOOSTS SOUTH TEXAS GAS RESERVES

May 27, 1991 Eocene Wilcox gas reserves are growing in far South Texas. Tesoro Petroleum Corp., San Antonio, has confirmed Bob West field in Starr County near the Mexican border and is drilling several other wells in adjacent counties. Tesoro's latest completion is 2 Guerra, confirmation well in Bob West field. The field is east of the Falcon Reservoir portion of the Rio Grande River.

WATCHING THE WORLD REPARATIONS FOR KUWAIT

Jun 3, 1991 With Roger Vielvoye from London Work has started at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva to set up a fund to pay war reparations to Kuwait. The fund formally came into existence when the Security Council accepted most of Sec. Gen. Javier Perez de Cuellar's recommendations to pay Kuwait for damage from Iraq's invasion. The U.N. administration in Geneva will be responsible for managing whatever system is agreed to extract oil revenues from Iraq and pay verified claims.

MORE WESTERN TECHNOLOGY EYED FOR U.S.S.R.

Jun 3, 1991 Two new joint ventures expect to open offices in the U.S.S.R. to apply western seismic technology to Soviet oil and gas development. Plans include: Digitizing and upgrading existing Soviet seismic and well data for sale to western oil companies and Soviet oil associations. Collecting new seismic data with equipment and techniques developed outside U.S.S.R. Selling state of the art western geophysical technology to Soviet oil and gas organizations. Training Soviet geoscientists to play key roles

TURKMEN LEASE TERMS IMPROVED, MODEL CONTRACT TO COME

Jun 3, 1991 The Turkmen Republic of the U.S.S.R. has announced two major changes in the terms of bidding rounds scheduled for Sept. 25, 1991. The size of the tracts being offered has been increased dramatically, and the minimum exploration work commitments have been sharply reduced. Large tracts averaging 2,500 sq km will be available in addition to the 100 sq km blocks formerly announced (OGJ, Dec. 10, 1990, p. 26). The nine block bidding unit system has been dropped. The revised bidding units have been

VENEZUELA BOOSTING EXPORTS OF LUBE BASE OILS

Jun 10, 1991 Venezuela is pressing exports of lubricant base oils in a campaign to capture a major share of the world market. Maraven SA, a unit of state owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA, plans to export 12,400 b/d of lube bases in 1991. That would make it the second biggest exporter of lube bases after Exxon Corp. Venezuela's lube base oil exports have grown sharply since last year, and Maraven expects them to remain at about 12,400-12,600 b/d in the near term, says Alejandro Paquin, Maraven

FLEXIBLE LINER SAFEGUARDS ENVIRONMENT DURING OFFSHORE WORKOVER

Jun 10, 1991 A total-containment liner was installed on the upper deck of a Louisiana offshore platform in West Cameron 593A, by Unocal Exploration Corp. The liner will help protect the environment during workover operations. Unocal's major environmental concern was the oilbased packer fluid used in the wells.

WATCHING WASHINGTON OCS LEASING PLAN HIT

Jun 10, 1991 With Patrick Crow Oil companies and associations are urging the Minerals Management Service to hold the line against further dilution of the proposed 5 year U.S. offshore leasing program. Comments they have filed with MMS reflect frustration with the reduced scope of the leasing plan (OGJ, Mar. 4, p. 16) and the knowledge that MMS will not add sales to it. J.L. Whitmire, Phillips Petroleum Co. vice-president for North American exploration and production, said the program essentially is a Gulf

SHARP'S PIPELINE BILL DRAWS GAS INDUSTRY FIRE

Jun 10, 1991 U.S. gas industry spokesmen have complained that many elements of a pipeline safety bill pending in the House of Representatives are unnecessary. Their comments came at a House energy and power subcommittee hearing. Rep. Phil Sharp (D-Ind.), subcommittee chairman, said during 1971-86 U.S. pipeline failures caused an average of 11 deaths and 48 injuries/year and an average cost of $25 million/year in property damage, product loss, and cleanup charges.

HORIZONTAL WELLS MAY TAP NORTH SEA FIELD

Jun 10, 1991 Activity around the first Eocene oil discoveries in the U.K. North Sea is starting to take off. BP Exploration will drill a horizontal well in Forth field in Block 9/23b to help establish the feasibility of developing the 165 million bbl field with a series of horizontal wells. Kerr-McGee Oil (U.K.) plc earlier disclosed plans to install a concrete gravity platform in Gryphon field in Block 9/18b that could form the basis of development infrastructure in the quadrant (OGJ, June 3, p. 44).

BITS WITH DIAMOND-COATED INSERTS REDUCE GAUGE PROBLEMS

Jun 17, 1991 Darren Eckstrom Smith International Canada Ltd. Calgary In highly abrasive formations, failure of the gauge row cutters on tungsten carbide insert bits may occur rapidly, resulting in short bit runs, poor performance, and undergauge hole. In certain applications, polycrystalline diamond (PCD) enhanced insert bits have longer bit runs and maintain an in-gauge hole which reduces reaming time and wear on downhole equipment. These bits with PCD-coated inserts have reduced drilling costs in several

CANADIAN GAS EXPORTS TO CALIFORNIA AT ISSUE

Jun 17, 1991 A dispute between Alberta gas producers and California buyers and regulators is escalating as a July 31 expiration date for current purchase contracts approaches. Alberta producers sell about 1 bcfd of gas to California. Alberta & Southern Gas Ltd., Calgary, a unit of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., San Francisco, is the buyer. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and PG&E are seeking contract changes, including lower prices, for Alberta supplies. The Alberta government has

ECONOMICS HINDER CANADIAN MEGAPROJECTS

Jun 24, 1991 Canadian oilsands and frontier development will be hampered by low oil prices and limited supply of international capital, says the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI), Calgary. As a result, conventional exploration and development is likely to be the focus of attention for the Canadian industry for a long time. Meantime, Suncor Inc. asked governments for tax and royalty breaks to attract partners for a new oilsands mining operation in Alberta.

NPRA O&A-2 HF ALKYLATION DRAWS SAFETY AND PROCESS QUESTIONS

Jun 24, 1991 The safety of hydrofluoric acid (HF) catalyzed alkylation and the banning of HF units have focused the attention of refiners on an important process. Refiners held a lengthy discussion of process and safety issues related to HF alkylation at the most recent National Petroleum Refiners Association question and answer session on refining and petrochemical technology, held in Philadelphia, Oct. 3-51 1990. Details on this important meeting and its format can be found in OGJ, Mar. 25, p. 51. What

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