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WATCHING WASHINGTON RECALLING 1980

Jul 2, 1990 With Patrick Crow These are trying times for oil industry lobbyists. Environmental issues have companies and associations very much on the defensive. Tanker accidents have spawned oil spill liability legislation. Clean air legislation will slap industry with more costly controls, while giving alcohol producers a boost in the gasoline marketplace. The Bush administration last week made a very political decision to ban further exploration off California and Florida. And it opened the door to

U.S. BRIEFS

Jul 2, 1990 PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC CO. received California's first Air Pollution Reduction Award for developing and using a process to remove hydrogen sulfide gas from geothermal steam and reducing hazardous waste by as much as 90% at the Geysers power plant, Sonoma and Lake counties, Calif. The process cuts the volume of chemicals used at the plant.

STATE SOLONS ACCENT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Jul 2, 1990 The spring round of state legislative sessions saw renewed emphasis on U.S. environmental protection. Only about a dozen legislatures are still sitting. States also increased their cooperation on environmental issues. For example, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts officials met last spring to cooperate on regional oil spill protection and liability issues.

ALYESKA FACES TIGHTENING CRUNCH ON AIR RULES

Jul 2, 1990 Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. continues to grapple with a tightening state regulatory squeeze over air emissions from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and Valdez terminal it operates for a group of companies in Alaska. In the latest development, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) has said the TAPS pipeline and terminal emit considerably more air pollution than expected.

CALIFORNIA OIL SPILL BILL SPARKS INDUSTRY TUSSLE

Jul 2, 1990 California independent producers are squaring off against major oil companies and importing refiners in a squabble over who will fund the state's proposed $150 million emergency oil spill response fund. California Independent Petroleum Association is lobbying to kill legislative efforts to extend a fund buildup fee of 25/bbl to independents' production. CIPA contends the fee would shut in many independents' wells in California.

WAYS TO DEAL WITH WET H2S CRACKING REVEALED BY STUDY

Jul 9, 1990 Gerrit M. Buchheim Exxon Research & Engineering Co. Florham Park, N.J. Large-scale inspections during the past 5 years of pressure vessels operating in wet H2S service and an American Petroleum Institute (API) survey have revealed that, industry wide, about 25% of all vessels inspected contained cracks. Individual companies and locations have experienced cracking in as many as 45% or more of the vessels inspected.

SOLONS REJECT TANKER ACCORD; BOYCOTT GROWS

Jul 9, 1990 House and Senate conferees working on comprehensive oil spill liability legislation have agreed not to have the U.S. participate in international tanker accords. That settled one of the major disagreements that has held up the legislation for months, but it reinforced tanker owners' resolve not to be exposed to unlimited liability for spill cleanup costs. As a result, the tanker boycott of U.S. ports is picking up steam.

STATOIL CHARTERS FIVE 'ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND' TANKERS

Jul 9, 1990 The board of Norway's Den norske stats oljeselskap AS has approved the time charter of five new 100,000 dwt crude oil tankers from three Norwegian shipowners. Statoil terms the vessels "environmentally sound." Two are double hulled, two have double bottoms, and one has a partial double bottom. The charter contracts, with a combined value of 2.2 billion kroner ($340 million), cover ships to be delivered this month through first quarter 1993.

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

Jul 9, 1990 LUCKY ENGINEERING CO., South Korea, let contract to ABB Lummus Crest Inc. on behalf of Indonesia's PT Graha Swakarsa Prima to provide styrene technology for a 120,000 metric ton/year ethylbenze to styrene monomer unit PT Graha plans as part of a $500 million petrochemical complex in West Java. Other plants at the complex will produce acrylonitrile butadiene, styrene resin, and high impact polystyrene.

MEASUREMENT RECORDS VITAL FOR EFFECTIVE PROGRAM

Jul 9, 1990 Douglas P. Moore, Harry G. Byars ARCO Oil & Gas Plano, Tex. Corrosion monitoring is the foundation for a corrosion control program in oil and gas fields. The information derived is necessary to determine need, extent, and performance of corrosion control measures. This first part of a three-part series discusses the need to maintain good records on the corrosion control program and the techniques for measuring the corrosion environment. Emphasis will be on corrosion caused by produced

MOBIL, NNPC TO DEVELOP NIGERIAN FIELD

Jul 9, 1990 Mobil Producing Nigeria has agreed with Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC) and the Nigerian government to develop Oso gas/condensate field off Nigeria. The two companies let a $400 million construction contract to MBJ Consortium, composed of McDermott Inc., New Orleans, Bouygues Offshore SA, Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France, and Japan Gasoline Corp.

U.S. BRIEFS

Jul 9, 1990 ENERGY VENTURES INC., Houston, acquired the remaining 17.2% interest in oil field service and equipment unit EVI Inc. for about 890,000 shares of Energy Ventures stock. SEAGULL ENERGY CORP., Houston, purchased Wacker Oil Inc., Houston, from Costain Holdings Inc., Chicago, for about $77 million. PARKER & PARSLEY DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS LP, Midland, Tex., and affiliates acquired eight limited partnerships affiliated with Damson Oil Corp., New York, with proved oil and gas reserves of 7.6 million bbl

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Jul 9, 1990 A wildcat strike by Norwegian offshore workers that briefly slashed Norway's oil flow by almost 1 million b/d appears to have ended with little effect on oil markets. Decisive action by Phillips in Ekofisk field apparently halted the strike by about 1,000 Norwegian oil workers who defied union and government orders to return to work. The strike, which began July 1, cut Norway's output to 700,000 b/d from 1.67 million b/d and halted gas flow.

STATOIL JOINS NORWEGIAN METHANOL PROJECT

Jul 9, 1990 Den norske stats oljeselskap AS has agreed to join Conoco Inc. in construction of an 830,000 metric ton/year methanol plant in mid-Norway. Statoil's interest will be 80%, with Conoco holding the remaining 20%. The Norwegian state company will be operator and responsible for marketing and sales. The plant will use gas feedstock from Norske Conoco's Heidrun oil and gas field in the Haltenbanken area of the Norwegian Sea.

ANCHOR DESIGNS DUE GULF OF MEXICO TESTING

Jul 16, 1990 Modern high-holding anchor designs will be tested in a soft clay bottom in the Gulf of Mexico in a project sponsored by seven major oil companies. Omega Marine Services International Inc., Houston, will conduct the tests. The company has begun preliminary work prior to actually dropping the anchors, which is expected to take place in August in the South Timbalier area off Louisiana. The bottom there is typical of that found in a number of ultra deep water locations, such as the Green Canyon

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