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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

EXXON PLAN TO RESUME CLEANUP APPROVED

Apr 9, 1990 The U.S. Coast Guard has conditionally approved Exxon Corp.'s general plan for resumption of oil spill cleanup operations in Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska. The conditions involve the use of intrusive cleanup methods, protection of wildlife and commercial and subsistence fisheries, use of cleaning agents, and inspection of vessels used in cleanup operations. Exxon, which is implementing the stipulations, filed the preliminary work plan with the Coast Guard Mar. 15 (OGJ, Mar.

WARNING ISSUED ON DOUBLE HULL REQUIREMENT

Apr 9, 1990 Regulators' double hull requirements for tankers in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska are likely to have widespread consequences, says an international management consulting firm. It appears that new rules will require at least one third of the world's tankers and much of the U.S. barge fleet to be rebuilt within some legislated time frame, probably 7-15 years, says Brent Dibner, a vice-president of Temple, Barker & Sloane, Lexington, Mass.

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.

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

PIPE CORROSION-1 STANDARD DAMAGE-ASSESSMENT APPROACH IS OVERLY CONSERVATIVE

Apr 9, 1990 K.E.W. Coulson, R.G. Worthingham NOVA Corp. of Alberta Calgary Guidelines for more accurate assessment of pipe corrosion-damage severity have been developed as a result of research by NOVA Corp. of Alberta. Following these damage-assessment guidelines could help pipeline operators prevent unnecessary and expensive pipe repair or removals. This first part of a two-part series on this research presents the background and establishes the kind of corrosion under scrutiny. The conclusion presents

REFORMULATED FUELS-1 REFORMULATED GASOLINES WILL CHALLENGE PRODUCT-QUALITY MAINTENANCE

Apr 9, 1990 George H. Unzelman HyOx Inc. Fallbrook, Calif. Maintaining transportation fuel quality in the regulatory environment during the 1990s will become a balancing act between regulating agencies and the petroleum refining industry. Regulations modifying gasoline and diesel fuel composition will be promulgated to improve air quality and reduce human exposure to critical hydrocarbons. Given enough time to generate capital and install processing, refiners should be able to meet fuel quality demand.

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.

WATCHING WASHINGTON OFFSHORE PERCEPTIONS

Apr 9, 1990 with Patrick Crow The National Ocean Industries Association, meeting in Washington last week, repeatedly heard it must reverse public perceptions of offshore drilling if U.S. offshore leasing is to get off high center. Interior Sec. Manuel Lujan said despite the facts of the situation, much of the political problem associated with the OCS program is a matter of perceptions.

WATCHING THE WORLD U.K. POWER PRIVATIZATION

Apr 9, 1990 with Roger Vielvoye from London The state owned electrical industry in England and Wales has finally been broken into 16 companies in preparation for sale to the public. Privatization not only will revolutionize the way electricity is generated and sold, it will accelerate the growth of competition in Britain's gas industry. Under the new industry structure, the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) has been broken down into two generating companies-National Power and PowerGen-and its

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

TAIWAN GETS INITIAL LNG SHIPMENT

Apr 9, 1990 Taiwan's state owned Chinese Petroleum Corp. (CPC) has started up the long-delayed $1.26 billion Yung-an liquefied natural gas terminal. The first tanker carrying Indonesian LNG arrived Mar. 26 at the terminal on the island's southwest coast. Until now, Taiwan has not imported LNG. The country plans to convert several oil or coal fired power plants to burn gas because of environmental concerns (OGJ, May 1, 1989, p. 27). Under an agreement signed in 1987, Indonesia will supply 1.5

THAILAND GAS GRID IN DOUBT

Apr 16, 1990 The prospect of limited gas supplies in the Gulf of Thailand may scuttle plans for a $100 million subsea pipeline from Erawan field to Thailand's southern peninsula. State owned Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) is having second thoughts about economic feasibility of a second 28-32 in., 99 mile trunk line from Erawan to Khanom district in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, (OGJ, May 1, 1989, 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

ROYAL DUTCH UNITS JOIN LNG TANKER BATTLE

Apr 16, 1990 Four Royal Dutch/Shell Group companies have started legal proceedings to prevent the U.S. Maritime Administration from selling three LNG tankers the group claims are subject to an exclusive option between Marad and Shell. The Shell action, in the District of Columbia federal court, coincides with rejection of a claim by Argent Marine Cos. against Marad's decision to end an agreement to sell the vessels to Argent. Argent also is challenging Marad's decision in the District of Columbia
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