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  • Producing Prudhoe - 01/15/2017 (Full story) BP held Prudhoe Bay field production virtually flat in 2016, a sharp improvement over annual declines averaging 4 percent to 6 percent in years past, company officials said in an interview. Prudhoe is the largest field on Alaska's North Slope and the leveling of its production was a major factor hel....

  • Going for integration - 01/15/2017 (Full story) The boards of the Interior Gas Utility and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority have both approved a memorandum of understanding, setting out terms under which IGU may purchase Pentex Natural Gas Co. to form an integrated business for the supply and distribution of natural gas from....

  • Job losses to continue - 01/15/2017 (Full story) The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is expecting “another tough year” for the Alaska oil industry in 2017, although slightly easier than last year. While the sector lost some 2,800 jobs in 2016 for a 19.7 percent decline from 2015, the state only expects the industry to shed 1,4....

  • Canadian Arctic in a fog - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) The Canadian government is spreading confusion in the Northwest Territories over the impact of its temporary freeze on oil and natural gas exploration in the Canadian section of the Beaufort Sea. The only definitive statement so far has come in an online statement from the Indigenous and Northern Af....

  • EIA: US could be net exporter by 2026, based on natural gas sales - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) The United States is going to have fairly strong domestic production and relatively flat demand and could become a net energy exporter through the period covered by the Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook 2017, EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski said Jan. 5 in introducing the pro....

  • Young: Federal agencies need overhaul - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) Congressman Don Young was just sworn in for his 23rd term, making him the longest serving Republican among his peers and the second longest serving overall in the current House of Representatives. His service dates to the Nixon administration. He wasted little time introducing a set of bills — 38 of....

  • NOAA publishes CI beluga whale plan - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service has published a final version of its recovery plan for Cook Inlet beluga whales. In 2008 the agency listed the whales as endangered under the terms of the Endangered Species Act. The recovery plan, which focuses on issues that the agency considers to particul....

  • Fish & Wildlife issues polar bear plan - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) Having in 2008 listed the polar bear as threatened under the terms of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has now issued a conservation plan for the species. In a Jan. 9 press release announcing publication of the plan, the agency said that the rapid loss of the bears' sea....

  • Tundra travel: eastern coastal area open - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water, has announced that the eastern coastal area of North Slope state lands opened for off-road, tundra travel on Jan. 9. The snow depth and soil temperatures in the region have met the required criteria of at least six inche....

  • Ahtna completes operations at Tolsona - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) Ahtna Inc. has concluded operations at the drilling site for its Tolsona No. 1 well, about 11.5 miles west of Glennallen, the Native regional corporation for the Copper River region said Jan. 6. After completing the drilling of the well in early December the drill crew conducted some initial flow te....

  • Kenai LNG exports still uncertain for '17 - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. has yet to determine whether it will export liquefied natural gas this year from its Kenai LNG terminal in Nikiski, which is being marketed for sale. In a recent semi-annual report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the company said it had yet to finalize its 201....

  • Chugach Electric seeks hydro permit - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) Anchorage-based electric utility Chugach Electric Association has applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit that will enable the utility to investigate the construction of a new hydroelectric power station on Snow River on the Kenai Peninsula. Snow River flows into....

  • BLM requiring e-filing for documents - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is requiring electronic filing for drilling work. The federal agency recently amended its regulations to require operators to e-file any notices of staking and applications for permits to drill. The agency had previously allowed e-filing as an alternate to filing a....

  • Enbridge enters new world - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) Enbridge, which operates a spider's web of natural gas, liquids and oil pipelines, is now the largest energy infrastructure company in North America. That happened late last year through a merger deal with Spectra Energy involving a C$37 billion stock-for-stock transaction that added 20,000 miles of....

  • BP adding worker facility at GC2 - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. is looking to expand a gravel pad at the Prudhoe Bay unit to accommodate a “blast resistant module” planned for the Gathering Center 2 facility. The company wants to add 2.05 acres to the pad. The new module would “provide a safe location for workers to perform non-opera....

  • EIA: US crude production on rise again - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) U.S. crude oil production averaged an estimated 8.9 million barrels per day in 2016 and is forecast to average 9 million bpd this year and 9.3 million bpd in 2018, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Jan. 10. EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski, c....

  • Use of renewable power grows in Alaska - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) Alaska may exceed the 30th percent threshold on generation of power statewide from renewable resources for 2016, Alaska Energy Authority officials say. The estimate is based on preliminary information through September. In another milestone, power generation from small hydro, wind and biomass is rap....

  • Feds, Furie delay Jones Act settlement - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) A U.S. attorney has asked for additional time to finalize a settlement between the federal government and Furie Operating Alaska LLC over a large Jones Act violation fine. In a Jan. 2 letter, U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler asked the court for an additional 20 days to get final approval for the set....

  • Tribe wants line moved from reservation - 01/15/2017 (Login to read Full story) A Chippewa tribe in Wisconsin is calling for 12 miles of pipeline to be removed from its reservation after 64 years of operation, saying they want to protect their land and water from oil spills. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's tribal council approved a resolution Jan. 4 refusing to....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Crowley group achieves ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification - 01/15/2017 (Full story) Crowley Maritime Corp.'s government services group has achieved worldwide ISO/IEC 27001:2013 information security certification for enhancements made to the security of accessing, transmitting, processing and storing covered defense information related to its management of Military Sealift Command's....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Alaska Materials announces agreement with Impac Co. - 01/15/2017 (Full story) Alaska Materials President John Horjes announced Jan. 5 the formation of the company and a “definitive agreement” with Impac Co. of Seattle, Washington. The companies provide wholesale materials, and will work together to expand markets, product lines and market share. Impac Co. is a Seattle based....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Fluor awarded refinery project in Chile - 01/15/2017 (Full story) Fluor Corp. announced that it was awarded a contract by Empresa Nacional del Petróleo for the engineering, procurement and construction of a new process unit at its Biobío refinery in Chile. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the fourth quarter of 2016. Fluor will perform the engineering....

  • Oil Patch Bits: AEF announces date for 3rd annual fundraising event - 01/15/2017 (Full story) Arctic Education Foundation is pleased to announce plans for its third annual Ivalu Gala, set for the Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage on Feb. 3. The gala is a fundraising event for AEF, a nonprofit foundation established 40 years ago to assist North Slope Iñupiaq residents in their educatio....

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