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NORTHERN BORDER CUTS PLAN FOR EXPANSION

Mar 26, 1990 Northern Border Pipeline Co. plans to move ahead with a smaller version of an expansion/extension project that has been under federal regulatory review since 1987. The company plans to file the scaled down project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission May 31 under FERC's expedited certificate procedure. The expedited procedure would allow Northern Border to quickly begin construction if approved. But it means the company would assume all risks if future revenues fail to cover the

BAKKEN DRILLING TO EXPAND

Mar 26, 1990 John McCaslin Exploration Editor Horizontal well economics make the Mississippian Bakken formation, once a bailout zone for wells aimed for Devonian and Ordovician zones, a primary exploration goal in the Williston basin. A horizontal well's cost of nearly double that of a vertical well is more than offset by a doubling of reserves and a fivefold increase in initial Potential test, based on data for Bicentennial field. Last November the scoreboard for horizontal wells drilled to the Bakken

OUACHITAS NEED MORE EXPLORATORY DRILLING

Apr 9, 1990 Neil H. Suneson, Jock A. Campbell Oklahoma Geological Survey Norman, Okla. The Ouachita Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas are part of a mostly buried late Paleozoic fold and thrust belt that extends from Alabama to northern Mexico.

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.

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.

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

MORE RESTRUCTURING UNDER WAY IN CANADA

May 7, 1990 Restructuring is still very much a way of life in the Canadian industry. Among the latest action: Shell Canada Ltd. will sell some service stations and lay off an undisclosed number of personnel as part of a rationalization of downstream operations. Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. will review nonproducing and underproducing assets as part of a restructuring program. BP Canada Inc. plans to sell leases involving about 15% of its gas reserves and 10% of its crude oil and gas liquids reserves.

MORE HORIZONTAL DRILLING PROJECTS SHOW UP

May 7, 1990 U.S. operators are stepping up their horizontal drilling program, targeting more fields and formations. Here's what's happening: Union Pacific Resources Co., Fort Worth, a major Cretaceous Austin chalk participant in the Giddings area of South Texas, plans to drill at least 50 horizontal wells this year in the chalk. UPRC also will drill six or seven horizontal wells in Cretaceous Niobrara in Wyoming and Colorado, where it holds about 1.2 million net acres, and participate in five

OIL AND BITUMEN FINGERPRINTING IN EXPLORATION

May 7, 1990 Alan R. Daly Chevron Overseas Petroleum Corp. San Ramon, Calif.

WHAT ARE WE PAYING TO FIND OIL, GAS IN MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA?

May 7, 1990 Verne L. Culbertson David W. Miller Jackson, Miss. When explorationists look at the oil and gas provinces of Mississippi and Alabama, they must first decide where to commit their risk capital. The cost per barrel of oil (or gas equivalent) was calculated for all hydrocarbons discovered in Mississippi and Alabama during the six year period from 1981 through 1986. There was some concern that selecting a six year period was too short to produce representative data, but the problem with long

U.S. BRIEFS

May 14, 1990 BROWN & ROOT U.S.A. INC. finished installing underground civil and foundation packages for two 35,000 kw cogeneration units it is building for Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. at Conoco Inc.'s Ponca City, Okla., refinery. The plants will supply electricity to OG&E and process steam to Conoco. HADSON CORP., Oklahoma City, reached an amended power sales contract with Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. for a 79,000 kw gas fired cogeneration project in Rensselaer, N.Y. TEXAS EASTERN

DON'T OVERLOOK THE BAKKEN

May 14, 1990 John McCaslin Exploration Editor Horizontal drilling in the Mississippian Bakken formation of the Williston basin has established a new play for the industry. Recent estimates of ultimate recoverable reserves from the current Bakken fairway in North Dakota are as high as several hundred million bbl of oil. The number of successful completions in this play are above 30 at this point. Interest is now moving out into the area up to 35 miles north of the fairway.

HISTORICAL, STRATIGRAPHIC REVIEW OF OIL DEVELOPMENT IN N. DAKOTA

May 14, 1990 Kelly Carlson North Dakota Geological Survey Bismarck, N.D.

OGJ NEWSLETTER

May 28, 1990 Occidental Petroleum Corp. calls its portfolio of international oil and gas exploration prospects the best in the company's history. Oxy will devote nearly half its $1.4 billion capital budget for 1990 to oil and gas. It plans 35 wildcats in China, Indonesia, Latin America, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Syria, and the U.K. North Sea. Ghana National Petroleum Corp., using $20 million in World Bank funds, will explore in four areas of the Accra-Keta basin with units of ARCO, Unocal, Shell, and

DESIGN BASIS DEVELOPED FOR H2 PIPELINE

May 28, 1990 M. Mohitpour Novacorp International Consulting Inc. C.L. Pierce Novalta Resources Inc. Calgary Peter Graham Novacor Chemicals Ltd. Joffre, Alta. In lieu of uniform codes or standards for hydrogen-gas pipeline design and construction, Novacorp International Consulting Inc., Calgary, developed a design basis and used it in the design, engineering, and construction of a hydrogen-gas cross-country pipeline. The pipeline joined the Alberta Gas Ethylene Co. Ltd. hydrogen purification plant to the

PRODUCERS SEEK TO EXTEND GAS TAX CREDITS

May 28, 1990 U.S. producers are pushing for extensions of federal nonconventional gas tax credits. The credits, applied to gas produced from tight formations and other nonconventional sources such as coalbed methane and Devonian shales, are to expire soon. Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association, Washington, D.C., says, "It is our judgment that legislative action on (Internal Revenue Code) Section 29 credits would most likely occur this fall in the context of budget reconciliation. "The schedule could, however,

OIL, GAS FUNDAMENTALS NEED WORK

Jun 4, 1990 U.S. oil and gas producers are demonstrating industry fundamentals that the Department of Energy should watch closely. In its pursuit of a national energy strategy, DOE cannot ignore recent oil production declines. Any effective response to those declines must involve improvements to fundamentals within the government's control.

UTAH THRUSTS GETTING DEEP LOOKS

Jun 4, 1990 G. Alan Petzet Exploration Editor Summit County, Utah, will always be remembered as the site of the Pineview field discovery well, which opened production in the U.S. portion of the Rocky Mountain Overthrust Belt in late 1974. Now, 15 years later, Exxon Co. U.S.A. is conducting deep exploration of complex geology in and near Pineview field in Summit County. Exxon and Equity Oil Co., Salt Lake City, plan to spud late this month or early in July at 2-7 Bingham, a proposed 12,500 ft geological

DEVELOPMENT ECLIPSING EXPLORATION ONSHORE

Jun 4, 1990 G. Alan Petzet Exploration Editor Federal tax credits and horizontal drilling technology are fueling a large slice of onshore development in the U.S. So many profitable development prospects are available that exploratory drilling has sunk to the lowest level in recent years in many areas. Total drilling is picking up a little from 1989. The number of drilling permits issued in March rose 11.1% from February 1990, with the biggest increases in California and Texas. The first quarter figure,

SHELL'S RESID FCC TECHNOLOGY REFLECTS EVOLUTIONARY DEVELOPMENT

Jun 11, 1990 Mart J.P.C. Nieskens, Frank H.H. Khouw Shell Internationale Petroleum Maatschappij B.V. The Hague Martin J.H. Borley Shell U.K. Ltd. Ellesmere Port, U.K. Karl-Heinz W. Roebschiaeger Koninklijke/Shell-Laboratorium Amsterdam Commercial operating experience has been gained on conversion of long residues by fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) in a long-residue catalytic cracking unit at Shell U.K. Ltd.'s Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port, U.K. The unit design is the result of many evolutionary
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