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  • Getting closer - 07/20/2014 (Full story) The heavy lift vessel for installing Furie Operating Alaska's new Kitchen Lights gas production platform should arrive in Cook Inlet around July 25, Damon Kade, president of Furie, told Petroleum News July 16. The piping for the gas gathering pipeline from the platform to shore has already arrived i....

  • Buccaneer questions - 07/20/2014 (Full story) The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas is requiring Meridian Capital International Fund to explain its relationship to Buccaneer Energy Ltd. The court has issued subpoenas to Meridian Capital International Fund, its affiliate Meridian Capital CIS Fund, Meridian managing direct....

  • Miller's ‘banner' year - 07/20/2014 (Full story) Miller Energy Resources Inc. is notching rapid growth, based largely on what it touts as a string of drilling successes in Alaska. The company, however, is spilling considerable red ink along the way. Miller, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, on July 14 reported financial results for its fiscal year en....

  • BC rides LNG rollercoaster: First Nations partner in 15th plan - 07/20/2014  When it comes to British Columbia's LNG outlook, the lineup of players keeps getting longer, while warnings about the province's chances of competing in the global arena keep getting stronger. The latest entry into the congested field of hopefuls comes with a new twist: A self-governing aboriginal c....

  • AOGCC approves Hilcorp request to define new pool at Kenai field - 07/20/2014  The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved a request from Hilcorp Alaska to approve the specification of a new gas pool in the Kenai gas field and to allow the comingling of gas from that pool with gas from two other pools in the field during gas production. The company told the com....

  • Renewable grant applications available - 07/20/2014  The Alaska Energy Authority is requesting applications for the state's Renewable Energy Grant Fund. The Alaska Legislature created the fund in 2008 to provide funding for renewable energy projects that can provide economic benefit and local energy sources to Alaska communities. Applications for gra....

  • Kinder Morgan in a wrangle - 07/20/2014  Kinder Morgan is now facing the same buffeting as rival Enbridge as it enters the regulatory phase of its plan to triple its shipments of oil sands bitumen to the British Columbia coast and Washington state for possible export to Asia. Having initially avoided the public rage that has surrounded Enb....

  • Parnell says SB 21 protects the future - 07/20/2014  No one can accuse Gov. Sean Parnell of being wordy. In fact when asked about the new tax regime he crafted last year under Senate Bill 21, he responds: “It's working.” Yet, the debate isn't over. Not yet anyway until Aug. 19 when voters go to the polls and decide whether Parnell's plan deserves to s....

  • Chukchi Sea research results published - 07/20/2014  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, has announced the publication of the results of BOEM-funded environmental research conducted in the northern Chukchi Sea during the open water seasons of 2009 and 2010. The results appear in a series of 13 papers in a special edition of the Deep Sea Re....

  • SAE Alaska expanding seismic survey - 07/20/2014  The seismic firm SAE Alaska LLC is looking to expand a proposed 3-D survey it plans to conduct over the next three years in the nearshore waters off the Colville River Delta. The partnership between SAExploration Inc. and the Kuukpik Corp. permitted the program last July but now wants to expand the....

  • Repsol leases expire; Anadarko partners - 07/20/2014  A package of Repsol E&P USA Inc. leases expired at the end of May. The 19 leases were spread across the leasehold that the Spanish major operates on the North Slope in partnership with Armstrong Oil & Gas subsidiary 70 & 148 LLC and GMT Exploration Co. LLC, according to the Alaska Department of Natu....

  • Counting the polar bears by satellite - 07/20/2014  A team of U.S. and Canadian scientists has been investigating the potential to use high resolution satellite imagery for monitoring wildlife in remote regions of the Arctic. An initial study, the results of which have been published in a paper in scientific journal PLOS One, determined that it is po....

  • Adm. Robert Papp named to top Arctic post - 07/20/2014  The Obama administration has named a former U.S. Coast Guard commandant, retired Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., as the State Department's “special representative for the Arctic.” Secretary of State John Kerry announced Papp in a July 16 press statement. Kerry also named former Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer a....

  • AGDC in OBO discussions with Enbridge - 07/20/2014  The Alaska Gasline Development Corp., the state's operating arm for the proposed Alaska North Slope liquefied natural gas project, continues work on the original project for which it was established in 2010, an in-state gas pipeline project, the Alaska Standalone Pipeline, referred to as ASAP. With....

  • Greater Point McIntyre delivers - 07/20/2014  In addition to the giant Prudhoe Bay field itself, several smaller oil fields have for many years been producing oil within the Greater Prudhoe Bay unit on Alaska's North Slope. At the end of June BP, the unit operator, filed the latest plan of development for a group of these fields in what is refe....

  • Murkowski maintains oil export drumbeat - 07/20/2014  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski continues to campaign for lifting the federal ban on exports of most domestically produced crude oil. Her focus at the moment is condensate, a liquid hydrocarbon typically produced in association with natural gas. Murkowski argues the export ban could constrain domestic en....

  • Furie denied appeal in Jones Act case - 07/20/2014  A federal judge recently dealt Furie Operating Alaska LLC yet another setback in its effort to fend off a $15 million Jones Act penalty. The Jones Act is a shipping law. Federal authorities say Furie violated this law in 2011 when it used a foreign ship to haul a jack-up drilling rig partway from Te....

  • FAA proposes special Arctic Ocean airspace - 07/20/2014  The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a notice saying that it is proposing to establish some special use airspace along a narrow corridor stretching north across the Beaufort Sea into the Arctic Ocean from the Alaska North Slope coast around Oliktok Point. The special airspace will consist....

  • House passes bill with Arctic port funds - 07/20/2014  A bill that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives on July 10 contains a chunk of money to advance a possible Arctic seaport. The bill (H.R. 4923) makes appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for fiscal year 2015. A House Appropriations Committee report explaining th....

  • AIDEA expanding LNG pad permit - 07/20/2014  The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is expanding a construction permit to accommodate a larger liquefied natural gas facility on the North Slope. Earlier this year, the public corporation acquired a site belonging to Spectrum Alaska for the purposes of constructing an LNG plant to....

  • Mayberry named to AOGCC public seat - 07/20/2014  Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed attorney David Mayberry to the public seat on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Mayberry, of Anchorage, is a long-time Alaskan and experienced oil and gas attorney, the governor's office said in a July 10 statement. Mayberry has been an attorney....

  • US Arctic Economic Council representatives named - 07/20/2014  The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission have named Lori Davey, Bruce Harland and Gail Schubert as U.S. representatives to the Arctic Economic Council. Davey is the general manager of Fairweather LLC, Harland is vice president business development for Crowley Mari....


  • Oil Patch Bits: Nabors expands its Boar, appoints Skattum as director - 07/20/2014  Nabors Industries Ltd. announced that its board of directors has expanded the board to eight members from the current seven and appointed Dag Skattum to fill the newly created vacancy. Skattum currently serves as managing director of One Thousand & One Voices, a family-backed investment firm focused....

  • Oil Patch Bits: URS announces Anthony Crouts joins its team - 07/20/2014  Anthony Crouts has joined URS as its marketing intern. He is currently a marketing major at the University of Alaska Anchorage. As marketing intern, Crouts responsibilities include proposal tasks, a variety of general marketing tasks and assisting current marketing staff. URS provides engineering,....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Repsol taps Erickson for scientific expedition flights - 07/20/2014  Erickson, a leading global provider of aviation services, said it has signed a contract with Repsol, a multinational oil and gas company, to provide helicopter transport for a scientific research expedition in Alaska's North Slope. Utilizing two of its Bell 212 helicopters, Erickson will provide da....

  • Explorers 2014: A more accurate picture - 07/20/2014 (Full story) Welcome to The Explorers magazine for 2014, an annual publication put out by Petroleum News (Alaska). For the first time this magazine is being released at the end of the major North Slope exploration season versus just before it begins. The actual well count is in, versus only the planned wells. So....

  • Explorers 2014: State sees strong interest in Alaska's oil and gas - 07/20/2014 (Full story) An influx of capital investment reflects a strong and broadening interest in Alaska's oil and gas basins. In Cook Inlet, declining natural gas production and uncertainty over future supplies has now evolved to a state of market-constrained abundance. Companies new to the Inlet apply their skills and....

  • Explorers 2014: Exploration licensing program still draws interest - 07/20/2014 (Full story) The vast majority of oil and gas exploration in Alaska occurs through the annual lease sales conducted in prolific basins, but the state also maintains an exploration licensing program through which companies can propose activities for other areas of the state. The program requires companies to make....

  • Explorers 2014: Apache seeks long-term oil developments in Cook Inlet - 07/20/2014 (Full story) After Apache Corp. representatives attended a state-sponsored conference in Anchorage in early 2010, rumors began swirling in the oil patch about the future of the company. The Houston-based independent had spent some $10 billion over the previous decade acquiring prospects around the world and was....

  • Explorers 2014: Brooks Range Petroleum moving toward development - 07/20/2014 (Full story) Brooks Range Petroleum Corp. spent a decade as one of the most active exploration companies on the North Slope, but its future exploration plans in Alaska are unknown. The uncertainty comes from two sources. First, the operating arm of Kansas-based Alaska Venture Capital Group LLC is currently worki....

  • Explorers 2014: Buccaneer undergoing major restructuring in Alaska - 07/20/2014 (Full story) Buccaneer Energy Ltd. has been the most ambitious exploration company in Cook Inlet in recent years, but recently its ambitions have surpassed its economic wherewithal. The Australian independent relinquished flagship prospects, sold key assets and is currently conducting a financial restructuring....

  • Explorers 2014: Caelus Energy takes over Pioneer assets in Alaska - 07/20/2014 (Full story) As its name implies, Pioneer Natural Resources Inc. has led trends. The Texas-based independent arrived in Alaska in the early 2000s determined to bring a leaner and more agile approach to resource development in the Arctic. The mid-sized company had recently accomplished as much in the U.S. Gulf of....

  • Explorers 2014: ConocoPhillips still leads North Slope exploration - 07/20/2014 (Full story) ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. is the past, present and future of North Slope exploration. Its predecessor companies drilled some of the earliest exploration wells responsible for launching oil development in northern Alaska. Since 2000, the subsidiary of the Houston-based company has been the most acti....

  • Explorers 2014: Cook Inlet Energy quickly racking up exploration - 07/20/2014 (Full story) The principals of Cook Inlet Energy LLC formed the company in 2009 to acquire Cook Inlet assets made available during the bankruptcy of Pacific Energy Resources Ltd. Since then, the local subsidiary of Tennessee-based Miller Petroleum Inc. has primarily focused on bringing older Cook Inlet propertie....

  • Explorers 2014: Doyon doggedly pursuing exploration in the Interior - 07/20/2014 (Full story) The vast majority of oil and gas exploration in Alaska takes place on the North Slope and in the Cook Inlet basin, but Doyon Ltd. has been searching in the middle of the state. The Alaska Native corporation has spent more than a decade collecting information about underexplored and even some unexplo....

  • Explorers 2014: Furie nearing the finish line at Kitchen Lights unit - 07/20/2014 (Full story) Furie Operating Alaska LLC could become the newest producer in Alaska this year. The local subsidiary of Texas-based Furie Petroleum Co. recently completed four exploration wells at the offshore Kitchen Lights unit and is beginning development work. While Furie is a relatively new name in the Cook I....

  • Explorers 2014: Great Bear still pursuing source rock development - 07/20/2014 (Full story) The public policy discussion around Great Bear Petroleum LLC describes the company as the future of the North Slope, but it may be more accurate to describe it as the past. The local independent and its investors want to develop source rocks, the ancient geologic formations believed to have generate....

  • Explorers 2014: Hilcorp is aiming to rejuvenate two Alaska basins - 07/20/2014 (Full story) Hilcorp Energy Co. is the dominant company in the Cook Inlet basin. And with a recent acquisition of some BP properties, Hilcorp is now an important player on the North Slope. The privately held Houston-based independent exploration and production company gained its Cook Inlet dominance by acquirin....

  • Explorers 2014: Linc sees a ‘clear path' for Umiat oil development - 07/20/2014 (Full story) In the old days, exploration companies used seismic information, geophysical clues, wildcat wells and a lot of luck to find reservoirs of oil or gas hidden beneath the surface. Today, companies like Linc Energy Inc. are pursuing energy sources discovered decades ago, but left undeveloped because old....

  • Explorers 2014: NordAq is working on North Slope and in Cook Inlet - 07/20/2014 (Full story) NordAq Energy Inc. is one of the smallest exploration companies working in Alaska, but it has been diligently pursuing prospects in Cook Inlet and on the North Slope. The Anchorage-based company arrived with a wave of independents in early 2010 by picking up state acreage at lease sales and acquirin....

  • Explorers 2014: Repsol feeling ‘positive' about Alaska exploration - 07/20/2014 (Full story) Repsol E&P USA Inc. recently finished its most important season in Alaska to date. After announcing three discoveries last year, the Spanish major completed a three-well program this winter — a pair of appraisal wells in the Colville River Delta and an exploration well south of the Prudhoe Bay and K....

  • Explorers 2014: Royale is studying seismic and planning exploration - 07/20/2014 (Full story) Royale Energy Inc. recently completed its first seismic acquisition in Alaska and the results will determine exploration drilling in the near future, according to the company. “We are pleased with the progress of this important step in the development of (Royale's) Alaska property, and look forward....

  • Explorers 2014: Focused on production, Savant has exploration options - 07/20/2014 (Full story) Over the past decade, Savant Alaska LLC has turned North Slope exploration into sustained development activities, but not in the way such transitions usually occur. Instead of drilling a prospect and bringing it into production, the one-time affiliate of Colorado-based Savant Resources LLC came to t....

  • Explorers 2014: It's try, try, try again for Shell in the Arctic - 07/20/2014 (Full story) As Royal Dutch Shell plc nears the end of its first decade back in Alaska, the company is only slightly ahead of where it started. But it's still aiming for the bounty of the Arctic. After four decades of exploration — including pioneering work across the Chukchi Sea, the Beaufort Sea, the Gulf of....

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