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SEVERAL U.S. GAS PIPELINE PROJECTS ADVANCE

Jun 18, 1990 A number of gas pipeline projects are on the move in the U.S. Valero Energy Corp., San Antonio, disclosed plans for a 105 mile extension of its partnership's North Texas line, to cost about $58 million. Saginaw Bay Pipeline Co., a unit of MCN Corp., Detroit, broke ground at Kalkaska, Mich., for a 126 mile line to carry Cambro-Ordovician Prairie du Chien production. Oklahoma-Arkansas Pipeline Co., which was joined by Sabine Pipe Line Co., Houston, received 535 MMcfd in precedent contracts

EPA TO TOUGHEN RVP LIMITS FOR SUMMER 1992

Jun 18, 1990 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans further reductions in gasoline volatility for summer 1992. EPA said the new rule will reduce national emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by nearly 7% and reduce formation of smog. It estimated the tougher rule will cost refiners $464 million/year and increase retail gasoline prices by about 1 o/gal. EPA added that would be offset partially by benefits, including greater fuel economy, estimated at $234 million/year.

ALYESKA TERMINAL AIR RULES COST: $100 MILLION

Jun 25, 1990 Alaska's proposals to slash hydrocarbon emissions during tanker loading operations at Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s Valdez terminal could cost the petroleum industry more than $100 million. In addition, industry officials say, proposed emissions standards could create new environmental and safety hazards at the terminal. Meantime, Alyeska outlined summer repair and maintenance programs for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and Valdez terminal, budgeted at about $450 million in

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.

RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS COULD POSE PROBLEMS FOR THE GAS INDUSTRY

Jun 25, 1990 Peter Gray Consultant Bartlesville, Okla. Louisiana became the first state to regulate naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM). The regulations became effective on Sept. 20, 1989, with the adoption of the "Permanent Rule for NORM." Although most state and federal radiation control statutes are sufficiently broad to cover radioactive contamination, no other regulatory agency has accepted jurisdiction for NORM.

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.

PROGRAM PROVIDES SHORT-CUT DISTILLATION TOWER CALCULATIONS

Jun 25, 1990 A.K. Coker H&G Engineering Glasgow, U.K. An interactive Fortran 77 program, named MTRANS, has been developed for short-cut distillation tower calculations based upon the derived method of the Hengstebeck-Geddes equation. The program has an option of entering either the equilibrium constant or the relative volatility with the feed-stream key component. It also arranges the relative volatilities in order of decreasing magnitude before proceeding to compute the correlation constants. The

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

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

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.

DUAL OIL FIND HEATS WILLISTON IN SASKATCHEWAN

Jul 2, 1990 G. Alan Petzet Exploration Editor Saskatchewan appears to have its highest flowing oil wells since completion of several strong Devonian Winnipegosis reef oil discoveries in 1987 and 1988. Mark Resources Inc., Calgary, and Saskatchewan Oil & Gas Corp. (Saskoil) have drilled six wells in an area near Minton, Sask., about 100 miles south of Regina. The Williston basin wells are north of the U.S. border at Sheridan County, Mont. One well was dry, but the others are capable of flowing 500 b/d or

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Jul 2, 1990 Oil spills and tanker safety continue to be the focus of industry's attention following the Mega Borg accident off Texas. Boycott of U.S. mainland ports by the international tanker business is gaining momentum. Elf Aquitaine has followed Royal Dutch/Shell Group in banning its tankers from U.S. terminals. Two large independent operators, World-Wide Shipping and A.F. Moller, also are considering withdrawing from the U.S. trade.

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.

JOINT VENTURE PLANS ALABAMA GAS PIPELINE

Jul 9, 1990 Florida Gas Transmission Co., Southern Natural Gas Co., Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., Texas Eastern Transmission Corp., and ANR Pipeline Co. plan to jointly build a 900 MMcfd gas pipeline in southern Alabama. The five companies filed a settlement proposal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to lay the $48 million, 36 in. Mobile Bay pipeline. They will withdraw their other onshore project applications in the area upon FERC approval of the joint project. Among other news on the U.S. gas

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