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SULFUR- WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION

Apr 16, 1990 *Designates projects listed for the first time in the Journal. ARCO PRODUCTS CO. Los Angeles, 100 t/d from refinery gas. Contr: Fluor Daniels. Completion: Summer 1990. ASHLAND PETROLEUM. Catlettsburg, Ky. 203.2 mt/d Claus unit (from refinery). Engr: Pritchard. Contr: Foster Wheeler. Completion: Spring 1991. St. Paul, Minn. 50 mt/d (from refinery). Process: Pritchard. Completion: Fall 1992. Canton, Ohio 50 mt/d (from refinery). Process: Pritchard. Completion: Spring 1992.

U.S.BRIEFS

Apr 16, 1990 A PARTNERSHIP of Hadson Power Systems, Irvine, Calif., and Westmoreland Energy Inc. began funding $200 million in nonrecourse construction loans for two of four coal burning cogeneration projects in Virginia. The projects will be 70,000 kw units supplying electrical power to Virginia Electric and Power Co. and steam to industrial users.

GAS PROCESSING- WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION

Apr 16, 1990 *Designates projects listed for the first time in the Journal. ARCO ALASKA INC. Anchorage. GHX-1 expansion of Prudhoe Bay field gas handling facilities, Design: RM Parsons. Completion: 1990. ARCO OIL & GAS. Fruitland, Colo. Gas gathering dehydration. Completion: 1990. AMOCO PRODUCTION CO. Durango, Colo. 250 MMcfd coal degas compression facilities. Engr: Davy McKee. Completion: Nov. 1990. Oak Grove, Ala. 26 MMcfd coal degas compression system. Engr: Knight Crawford. Completion: 1990.

RELATED FUELS-WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION

Apr 16, 1990 *Designates projects listed for the first time in the Journal. AMCOAL (MW Kellogg and Bechtel development). Quemahoning Indus. Park, Johnstown, Somerset County, Pa. Coal gasification plant processing 485 t/d high sulfur coal. When completed the plant will generate 60 mg electricity. Completion: 1991. *MANITOWOC, WIS., PUBLIC UTILITIES. 200,000 lb/hr bituminous coal and petroleum coke fired circulating fluidized bed steam generator. Contr: Foster Wheeler. $12 MM. Completion: March 1991.

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.

AMERICAS' PETROCHEM OUTLOOK DIMS

Apr 16, 1990 Bob Williams Senior Staff Writer The U.S. petrochemical industry will enter the 1990s shakily, as analysts and industry officials expect a weak market performance in 1990. That's because weakening domestic demand and lagging export markets are combining with surplus capacity to depress prices and thus shave margins. It won't be a total collapse of the market as was seen in the early 1980s, but the specter of overbuilt capacity and with it depressed markets looms in the next few years,

EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE FOR AUTOMATING RIG OPERATIONS

Apr 16, 1990 Will L. McNair Texas Engineering Extension Service College Station, Tex. Several manufacturers are producing automated rig equipment, from complete systems to individual functions for existing drilling rigs. Significant improvements in well site time, costs of operations, and improved drilling performance have led drilling contractors to install this equipment on their rigs. This concluding installment of a two-part series details some of the equipment available for automating rigs.

MIDDLE EAST PRESSES DEVELOPMENT

Apr 16, 1990 Roger Vielvoye International Editor Major investment programs are under way in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar aimed at stepping up oil flow, while Kuwaiti officials say their industry can bring on new production as required. The action is part of a buildup in Middle East productive capacity (OGJ, Apr. 9, p. 21). Kuwait's present capacity is 2.5 million b/d. And with reserves of about 95 billion bbl arid a well developed infrastructure, Kuwait has the ability to move quickly in adding

METHOD SPEEDS FCC CATALYST ATTRITION RESISTANCE DETERMINATIONS

Apr 16, 1990 Simon A. Weeks BP Research Centre Sunbury-On-Thames, U.K. Peter Dumbill Crosfield Catalysts Warrington, U.K. FCC catalyst attrition resistance can be determined by a method that eliminates the need for particle size measurement or accurate sampling procedures. The method, therefore, speeds attrition-resistance determinations. The method uses the industry-known jet-cup test to provide data for an attrition index WD, which is the gradient (or slope) of a plot of cumulative weight percent

ENVIRONMENTAL WRITEDOWNS, THINNER MARGINS CRIMP OGJ GROUP EARNINGS

Apr 16, 1990 Robert J. Beck Economics Editor Earnings for the Oil & Gas Journal group of 22 U.S. oil companies fell 12% in 1989. Group earnings dropped to $18.8 billion from $21.4 billion for 1988. The decline stemmed mainly from large extraordinary charges posted by several of the companies and related to environmental issues (OGJ, Feb. 5, p. 23).

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

CONOCO MAPS BROAD PROGRAM DESIGNED TO PROTECT ENVIRONMENT

Apr 16, 1990 Conoco Inc. has adopted a sweeping environmental program that includes requiring all its new tankers to be of double hull construction--a first for a U.S. company. Cost of the entire program is expected to be more than $50 million/year. Conoco Pres. Constantine S. Nicandros last week said the petroleum industry must step up its efforts to protect the environment. Studies are under way to determine the added operational safety benefits of double hulled tankers, he said, "but we cannot wait for

CO2 AND HC INJECTION LEAD EOR PRODUCTION INCREASE

Apr 23, 1990 Guntis Moritis Drilling/Production Editor Oil production from CO2 and low-molecular-weight hydrocarbon miscible/immiscible (HC) gas injection projects is rapidly increasing in the U.S., as,,the Journal's exclusive worldwide survey in this issue shows. Since OGJ's previous worldwide biennial EOR survey in 1988 (covering the situation at the beginning of 1988), enhanced oil production has more than doubled from HC projects and increased by 49% from CO2 projects (Table 1).

CONTRACTS LET FOR NW SHELF GOODWYN PROJECT

Apr 23, 1990 Amid labor controversy, a group led by Woodside Offshore Petroleum has let four major contracts totaling $228 million (Australian) for construction of the Goodwyn A production platform for the Northwest Shelf off Australia.

LIQUID FUELS FILL VITAL PART OF U.S. ECONOMY

Apr 23, 1990 L.F. Ivanhoe Novum Corp. Santa Barbara, Calif. That liquid fuels are vital to the U.S. economy is obvious. Less obvious to the American public and to industrial and public managements is the steady and serious decline in U.S. production of crude oil, the major component of the domestic liquid fuel supply. This decline has serious portents for our future well being.
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