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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.

ASIA TO PACE WORLD PETROCHEMICAL GROWTH

Apr 9, 1990 Developing nations of Asia will account for the most dramatic growth in petrochemical demand and capacity additions in the 1990s. That's apparent in a study by the World Bank that focuses on six newly industrializing nations: China, India, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia. Burgeoning economies and ambitious expansion plans in most of those six-plus Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan-underlie analysts' projections of the Pacific Rim as having the strongest growth in petrochemical

CANADIAN GAS LINE EXPANSIONS AT ISSUE

Apr 9, 1990 A major split is developing among Canadian producers at National Energy Board hearings on how to finance gas pipeline expansions to serve U.S. markets. NEB is considering a $2.6 billion expansion project by TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. to serve markets in the U.S. Northeast via the proposed Iroquois pipeline. The board also is reviewing its toll policy under which expansion costs are rolled into the rate base and shared by all users.

RIG AUTOMATION-1 AUTOMATION TO BENEFIT CURRENT, FUTURE RIGS

Apr 9, 1990 Will L. McNair Texas Engineering Extension Service College Station, Tex. Old rigs are being modified piecemeal with various technological improvements to increase drilling performance. On the horizon are the completely automated drilling rigs that are promising safety and efficiency to rig floor operations. In this first installment of a two-part series, the benefits of the technology to automate a complete rig and the modules needed to modify existing rigs are analyzed. The second installment

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).

SE KANSAS COALBED METHANE ACTION RISING

Apr 9, 1990 Interest in coalbed methane development is growing in Southeast Kansas. Several operators have completed wells or staked locations for coalbed methane wells near Fredonia in Wilson County and in Jefferson-Sycamore and Neodesha oil fields of Montgomery County, 5-20 miles north of Independence. Operators include Great Eastern Energy & Development Corp. and Universal Exploration Operating Co., both of Englewood, Colo., and Stroud Oil Properties Inc., Wichita.

THE QUEST FOR ENERGY CONSENSUS

Apr 9, 1990 How should the U.S. assess the national energy strategy under construction by the federal government? Energy Sec. James D. Watkins has a suggestion. "If we can finish a product that will make everybody equally unhappy," he said last week when his department published its interim report, "we will have done our job."

U.S. EAST-WEST GAS PROJECTS ADVANCING

Apr 9, 1990 Proposed pipelines to transport U.S. and Canadian gas to California are moving closer to start-up. Mojave Pipeline Co. is commencing right-of-way acquisition for its 385 mile, 30 in. and 42 in. pipeline from Topock, Ariz., to Kern County, Calif., in spite of a court challenge by the California Public Utilities Commission. Mojave hopes to start construction of the 400 MMcfd system in January 1991 after receiving remaining environmental clearances and place the line in service in early 1992. It

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

BIG GULF SULFUR PROJECT DUE

Apr 16, 1990 A combine led by Freeport-McMoRan Resource Partners LP has let a $250 million contract to McDermott Marine Construction to design, build, and install a big platform complex in the Gulf of Mexico. The complex--15 platforms, 13 bridges, a power plant module, and related facilities--will develop a Frasch sulfur deposit said by Freeport-McMoRan to be the largest in North America. Reserves amount to 67 million long tons (OGJ, Apr. 3, 1989, p. 29). McDermott believes the development will be the

WATCHING THE WORLD NEXT TARGET: TANKER EMISSIONS

Apr 16, 1990 With Roger Vielvoye from London The Exxon Valdez oil spill and subsequent legislative pressure for tankers with double hulls and double sides has overshadowed another legislative measure to reduce pollution from tankers that has not been received well in parts of the shipping industry. Latest proposals being put together by the U.S. Coast Guard are designed to tackle the problem of inert and hydrocarbon gases vented to the atmosphere when a tanker loads a cargo of crude oil. Some are

PIPELINING-WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION

Apr 16, 1990 *Designates projects listed for the first time in the Journal. ALL AMERICAN PIPELINE. 525 miles, 30 in. from McCamey to Webster, Tex. Contractor: RB Potashnick (301 miles). Completion: 1990. AMOCO PIPELINE CO. 0.4 mile, 16 in. gathering line replacement in Louisiana. 19 miles, 8 in. trunk line replacement in Oklahoma. 2.5 miles, 4 in. and 9 miles, 6 in. new gathering lines in North Dakota. 8 miles, 8 in. trunk line replacement in North Dakota. 0.4 mile, 4 in. new gathering line in Texas. 5

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.

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Apr 16, 1990 The world crude oil surplus has finally begun to undercut prices. Prices held up well for awhile in the face of high levels of OPEC production, but the turning point came with removal of a threat against Soviet oil exports. Western Siberian oil workers postponed until Apr. 30 a decision whether to strike over poor living and working conditions (OGJ, Apr. 2, p. 28).
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