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U.S. OIL DEMAND TO CLIMB IN 1990

Jan 29, 1990 Robert J. Beck Economics Editor Continued economic growth coupled with stable or slowly declining petroleum product prices will boost U.S. oil demand in 1990. Last year product demand grew minimally due to substantial increases in product prices and competition from other fuels in the industrial and utility markets. While demand grows, domestic supply will sag again.

GRI STUDYING ENVIRONMENTAL ROLE OF GAS

Jan 29, 1990 Gas Research Institute, Chicago, has started a 3 year, $4-5 million study of the role of natural gas in global warming. One study will seek to develop data on how much methane is emitted during gas production, distribution, and use in the U.S. GRI will gather emissions data, then extrapolate the data to estimate emissions for the whole industry. The institute will spend $700,000 on the project this year, supplemented with $300,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency. A second study will

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN OUTWEIGHS ACTION ON ENERGY IN CONGRESS

Jan 29, 1990 Patrick Crow Washington Editor U.S. environmental issues will continue to outweigh energy concerns in this session of Congress. And the environmental issue with the top priority is reauthorization of the Clean Air Act. Although the legislation is hotly debated and although previous attempts to amend it have failed, passage is likely this year because most key parties involved-congressmen, the administration, and environmentalists, for example-want a bill. Congress is expected to agree on

NORTH SEA DRAWS PROPOSALS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF TWO MORE MAJOR GAS PIPELINE PROJECTS

Feb 5, 1990 North Sea operators have unveiled plans for two more big gas pipeline projects. Amoco (U.K.) Exploration Co. will spend l billion ($1.68 billion) to develop Everest and Lomond gas fields in the central graben area of the U.K. sector and lay a 254 mile, 36 in. pipeline to Teesside in Northeast England. Start-up of the pipeline, designated the Central Area Transmission System (CATS), is scheduled for 1993. The line at first will supply as much as 300 MMcfd to a cogeneration plant, billed as the

CALIFORNIA MAY TIGHTEN ENVIRONMENTAL RULES

Feb 5, 1990 A new California environmental initiative planned for the 1990 elections would impose still more costly and stringent rules and programs on the petroleum industry if implemented. Backed by California Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp, who is running for governor, the initiative is seen as a "political grab bag of issues which attempts to bypass the legislative process," said Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA). The Environmental Protection Initiative (EPI) would hit the oil and gas

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Feb 5, 1990 OPEC Sec. Gen. Subroto has urged Japan to provide an unspecified level of funding to help OPEC raise productive capacity to prepare for a tighter crude oil market. Subroto told Hikaru Matsunaga, minister of international trade and industry, OPEC will need $60 billion in foreign aid to boost capacity 6-7 million b/d by 1995. Matsunaga said the Japanese government will carefully consider the request. Japan imported 3.59 million b/d in 1989, 76.5% of it from OPEC and an 8.2%, gain from 1988

MODIFIED VISCOMETER REMOTELY MEASURES DILUTED HEAVY OIL

Feb 5, 1990 J.S. Pasini-Taylor AEC Pipelines Edmonton, Alta. AEC Pipelines, Edmonton, has successfully modified a conventional viscometer for remote, on-line measurement of diluted heavy-oil. These modifications included additional instrumentation to monitor and control the temperature of the product sample within the viscometer and instrumentation and controls remotely to operate the viscometer and monitor its status. A pipeline company transporting diluted heavy oil must monitor product quality.

H2S REMOVAL SYSTEM SHOWS PROMISE OVER IRON SPONGE

Feb 5, 1990 Alvin Samuels Gas Sweetener Associates Inc. Metairie, La. Use of a new material as a replacement product for iron sponge (wood chips) for H2S removal has been introduced at two Shell Western E&P central production facilities in Michigan. At the Chester 21 facility, operating costs between March and August 1989 were reduced by 13% over the same period for 1988. Winter savings are projected at 21%. The new trademarked material is named SulfaTreat. It is a dry, free-flowing material being used

COALBED METHANE-CONCLUSION COALBED METHANE DEVELOPMENT FACES TECHNOLOGY GAPS

Feb 5, 1990 Richard A. Schraufnagel, Richard A. McBane Gas Research Institute Chicago Vello A. Kuuskraa ICF Resources Inc. Fairfax Va. The coalbed methane industry has grown rapidly during recent years, powered greatly by new science and better technology. Still, major challenges remain that require research and fresh ideas, particularly for developing new basins, deeper coals, and geologically complex settings. This concluding article in a series of nine on coalbed methane that began Oct. 9, 1989,

CALIFORNIA NATURAL GAS LINE ACTION SIMMERING

Feb 5, 1990 The competition to serve California's growing gas demand with an interstate pipeline has developed a new wrinkle. Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) has turned to Coastal Corp.'s Wyoming-California Pipeline Co. for natural gas pipeline capacity after negotiations collapsed with the competing Tenneco Inc./Williams Cos. Kern River Transmission Co. project to bring gas from Wyoming to southern California. The scramble among competing interstate pipeline projects to

KUWAIT COMPANY WILL BUILD FOUR VERY LARGE CRUDE TANKERS

Feb 5, 1990 Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. plans to build four very large crude carriers (VLCCS) averaging about 280,000 dwt to take advantage of the improving market for crude transportation and better long term prospects for freight rates. KOTC Chairman Abdel Fatah al Badr said the company also plans to acquire additional product tankers and gas and chemical tankers. Last year KOTC acquired two secondhand 333,750 dwt tankers from A.P. Moller of Denmark for $30 million each. Al Badr believes there will be a

GUIDELINES HELP SELECT STORAGE TANK CALIBRATION METHOD

Feb 5, 1990 S. Sivaraman Exxon Research & Engineering Co. Florham Park, N.J. Guidelines have been developed to help owners and operators of vertical, cylindrical storage tanks determine the best technology to calibrate their specific tanks, and the circumstances under which they are used. For more than half a century, vertical, cylindrical storage tanks have been calibrated by the manual strapping method. In that method, calibrated measuring tapes are used to measure the circumference of the tank at

ENVIRONMENT KEY TO BIG WRITEDOWNS

Feb 5, 1990 Long delay in starting up Point Arguello field off California hits Chevron, Texaco, Phillips fourth quarter earnings. Exxon Valdez, petrochemical plant blast also factors in profits pinch. ARCO, Sun take charges for environmental expenses. Environmental and safety woes have spurred a number of U.S. companies to take writedowns totaling more than $2 billion against 1989 earnings. Chevron Corp. charged $1.203 billion in special items against earnings, Texaco Inc. took charges totaling $355

UNION CARBIDE PLANS MULTIPLASTICS RECYCLING

Feb 5, 1990 Plastics recycling efforts are accelerating in the U.S., with Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Co. Inc. planning to build a large multiplastics recycling plant in New Jersey. The expandable 40 million lb/year plant is to start up in first quarter 1991, subject to regulatory approvals, at Union Carbide's technical and manufacturing complex at Piscataway, N.J. It's the site of the first U.S. commercial scale production of plastics more than 50 years ago. Du Pont Co. and Waste

WATCHING THE WORLD EMULATING KUWAIT

Feb 5, 1990 With Roger Vielvoye from London Kuwait's policy of investing large chunks of its oil revenues in ventures outside the Middle East has earned admiration in many quarters. The acquisition of refining and marketing assets in Europe and now the Far East is the envy of many other oil producing states trying desperately-and belatedly-to set up a downstream base in main consuming areas. Kuwait's latest compliment comes from Norway, which plans to establish its own, much watered down version of
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