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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.

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

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

ARUBA TANK FARM PLANNED

Apr 16, 1990 Coastal Aruba Refining Co. plans to install a crude oil storage and transshipment facility at San Nicolas, Aruba. The project will include construction of tanks totaling 6-8 million bbl of crude storage capacity and a dock capable of handling tankers of more than 500,000 dwt.

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.

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,

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).

PETROCHEMICALS- WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION

Apr 16, 1990 *Designates projects listed for the first time in the Journal. AIR PRODUCTS. Deer Park, Tex. Polyvinyl alcohol plant under construction. Engr. and Design: Bechtel. Completion: 1991. AMOCO CHEMICAL. Texas City, Tex. 1.5 billion lb/y ethylene plant. Feed: Ethane, propane. Products: Ethylene, methane, propylene, butadiene, fuel oil. $300 MM. Tech: MW Kellogg. Eng/des/lic: MW Kellogg. Completion: 1992. Planned. Paraxylene debottleneck under construction. Completion: Sept. 1990. Chocolate

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).

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

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

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Apr 23, 1990 Mexico's Pemex plans to invest more than $1 billion in an ecological program, Xinhua News Agency reported. The program, involving construction of nine oxygenated fuel plants and process modifications at refineries and petrochemical plants, is expected to substantially reduce emissions from gasoline, diesel, and fuel oil sold domestically. Dealing with environmental issues could cost Canada's petroleum industry $1 billion, and meeting new standards will add $100 million/year to operating

HORIZONTAL DRILLING FANNING OUT AS TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES AND FLOW RATES JUMP

Apr 23, 1990 G. Alan Petzet Senior Staff Writer Horizontal drilling has become a significant, permanent fixture of the oil and gas industry. Operators, service companies, regulatory agencies, royalty owners, and others are still adjusting their thinking to horizontal from vertical drilling, which most knowledgeable forecasters expect to remain the majority technology. A technological synthesis the past 5 years has transformed horizontal drilling into an integral tool of the industry, even though some

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.
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