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  • State approves Pikka - 06/28/2015 (Full story) The state has approved the formation of the Pikka unit. With the June 18 decision from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Repsol E&P USA Inc. will become operator of a new unit including some 63,304 acres covering 33 state of Alaska and joint state and Arctic Slope Regional Corp. leases bet....

  • Gas supply sought - 06/28/2015 (Full story) The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority has issued a request for information for potential supplies of Cook Inlet natural gas for shipment to Fairbanks. The request comes as part of the Interior Energy Project, an AIDEA initiative to bring affordable energy to Fairbanks and the surrou....

  • Shell moves on LNG plans - 06/28/2015 (Full story) Attention in British Columbia's endlessly tangled LNG web has shifted to a consortium led by Shell that has cleared a crucial regulatory hurdle. Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman and Environment Minister Mary Polak attached 24 conditions in issuing an environmental assessment certificate....

  • Enviros challenge Shell's plan - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) Shell's plans for Chukchi Sea exploration have met with another challenge. As the company moves its fleet north in preparation to start drilling two wells during this summer's Arctic open water season, Earthjustice on behalf of 10 environmental organizations has sent a letter to Interior Secretary S....

  • Kitchen Lights work continues - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) Work on Furie Operating Alaska's Kitchen Lights gas field in Cook Inlet continues ahead of schedule, Bruce Webb, Furie senior vice president, told Petroleum News in a June 22 email. Furie is developing the field from an offshore production platform that the company is in the process of putting in pl....

  • RCA allows Tesoro intervention - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has reversed an earlier decision denying a request from Tesoro Alaska Co., operator of an oil refinery on the Kenai Peninsula, to intervene in a commission investigation of a proposal by Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska LLC to sell some excess “native gas” th....

  • Sullivan: AK set for primetime, feds willing - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) Freshman U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan freely jokes about his ranking in the Republican-led Senate: 100 — dead last. But he says he's serious about his job and making sure those in Washington don't treat Alaska like it's in some bubble for others to observe and treat as entertainment. Sullivan, a former a....

  • Western Canada liquids on upswing - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) The leading-edge Duvernay, Montney and Cardium formations of Western Canada are expected to drive growth in the region's liquids production, even though the Alberta oil sands remain the primary engine of growth, says Wood Mackenzie. And after a breakeven review of more than 180 individual company as....

  • Quebec rail tragedy in legal knots - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) As the second anniversary of the Bakken crude train disaster in Quebec approaches there has been a flurry of related activity. Topping the list, the Canadian government laid charges June 22 against six people involved in the tragedy and Canadian Pacific Railway, which carried the crude from North Da....

  • Hilcorp permitting Kalotsa pad - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) Hilcorp Alaska LLC is permitting a pad and pipeline at the Ninilchik unit to support a development at the new Kalotsa pad and transportation to an existing facility in the unit. The local subsidiary of the Texas-based independent is permitting a 237- by 339-foot gravel pad and associated pipeline wi....

  • Alaska's problem: cuts, revenue needed - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) The state isn't in a fiscal crisis, Alaska Commissioner of Revenue Randy Hoffbeck told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce June 22. It's only a fiscal crisis if we fail to act, he said, adding that there are no easy solutions. The state's finances became an issue a year ago when oil prices began to d....

  • BSEE oversees Shell capping stack test - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has overseen the testing of the well capping stack that Shell plans to deploy in support of its Chukchi Sea drilling operations this summer, the agency said June 18. The capping stack is a piece of technology designed to fit onto a wellhead, to stem....


  • Northwest Territories shale plays get rating - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) Shale fields in the Northwest Territories may hold at least 200 billion barrels of oil based on a first official estimate by Canada's National Energy Board and the NWT Geological Survey. The evaluation covered the unconventional resource potential of two shales — Canol at 145 billion barrels and Blu....

  • Options and benefits for Railbelt grid - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) A report prepared by consultancy National Economic Research Associates for Chugach Electric Association has indicated that there would be significant economic benefit in placing the Alaska Railbelt power transmission grid under a unified management arrangement, rather than having the grid continue t....

  • Big plays, big problems - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) Frontier explorers face some of the toughest decisions as they grapple with spending priorities at a time when their industry has seldom faced so much uncertainty. And few players find themselves in a stickier situation that Norway's Statoil, whose global portfolio is loaded with rich prospects, but....

  • NMFS issues Shell Chukchi drilling IHA - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) Another piece of Shell's permitting scheme for its planned 2015 Chukchi Sea drilling program slotted into place on June 22 when the National Marine Fisheries Service announced that it is issuing an incidental harassment authorization. The authorization allows the unintended minor disturbance of whal....

  • Hilcorp cuts costs, BlueCrest moves ahead - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) House and Senate Resource committee members met in Kenai June 17 for a review of state oil and gas tax credits, and also got updates from three independents. Caelus Alaska announced acquisition of NordAq acreage in Smith Bay, and plans to drill exploration wells next winter (see story in June 21 iss....

  • Study request for areas not on gas line - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Energy Authority has a request for proposals out for a $50,000-$100,000 study to assist the agency in determining if liquefied natural gas is a viable long-term solution for affordable energy in Alaska communities that will not have direct access to the proposed North Slope natural gas pi....

  • Gas back in favor - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) While it's too soon to talk about a trend, there has been a low-key drift by explorers in Western Canada back to natural gas targets. After several years of activity overwhelmingly directed at oil, the latest statistics released by the National Energy Board show the industry entered 2015 with 62 per....

  • Hilcorp permitting at Deep Creek - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) Hilcorp Alaska LLC is building a road and pad at the Deep Creek unit. The local subsidiary of the Texas based independent is permitting a 2.29-mile gravel road and a 2.75-acre gravel pad at the onshore Cook Inlet unit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District. The road and pad would supp....

  • Nikolaevsk unit remains a challenge - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Nikolaevsk unit continues to be a challenging field. Even though operator Hilcorp Alaska LLC installed a compressor in the first quarter of 2014 to increase production from the Red No. 1 well, rates declined significantly over the course of the year — from 1.1 million cubic feet per day at the s....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Diamond Chain chats up chain lubrication in video - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and operation replacement parts, is pleased to announce the release of a new MiHow2 video. The goal of these videos is to provide instruction to the viewer to help them with their practical applications. The video goes over....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Ad campaign featuring North Slope Borough wins award - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) A television advertising campaign highlighting the positive cultural as well as business impacts of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and the North Slope Borough has won an Emmy Award from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The 52nd annual award ceremony was held....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Crowley to add sailings from N.J. to Puerto Rico - 06/28/2015 (Login to read Full story) Responding to customers' needs for additional shipping service in the Northeast, Crowley Maritime Corp.'s liner services group announced it will add sailings between Pennsauken, New Jersey, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, this summer. “With our accelerated sailing schedule, we have determined that we can....

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