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  • Point Thomson plan - 09/06/2015 (Full story) In a Sept. 1 hearing of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, ExxonMobil executives explained to the commissioners why they favor gas production from the giant Point Thomson gas field on the North Slope, rather than expanding the gas cycling operation for condensate production that the com....

  • Question of volumes - 09/06/2015 (Full story) During a public hearing of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Aug. 27 the Prudhoe Bay oil field's working interest owners presented testimony for a request to increase the natural gas offtake limit for the field. The increased offtake is needed to supply gas to the AKLNG project, a pr....

  • Quitting headlong dive - 09/06/2015 (Full story) Just days after Alberta Premier Rachel Notley refused to back away from fast-tracking a royalty review and corporate tax hike her government has done an about face. After meeting with more than 1,000 industry leaders since it was elected four months ago, Notley's left-wing New Democratic Party admin....

  • 10% Conoco cuts to hit Alaska - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) ConocoPhillips is proposing to cut some 10 percent of its workforce. The impact is expected to be within that 10 percent range in Alaska, ConocoPhillips Alaska spokeswoman Natalie Lowman told Petroleum News in a Sept. 1 email. She said while the cut will be some 10 percent of the company's global....

  • Linc advancing Tyonek syngas plans - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) Linc Energy Ltd. plans to convert its exploration license in the Tyonek region into conventional leases and begin permitting a synthesized natural gas operation. In financial filings from the end of August, the Australian independent said opportunities to produce and market synthetic natural gas to....

  • Conoco stakes 7 wells in NPR-A - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. recently staked seven potential well locations in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The federal agency posted the notices on its website on Aug. 24. The seven locations — all for proposed oil wells — are spread across t....

  • Encana steps up natural gas retreat - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) Continuing its remake from a natural gas to a liquids company and desperate for ways to reduce its net debt, Calgary-based Encana has completed North America's largest energy land deal of 2015 by striking a deal to pull out of the Haynesville shale in northern Louisiana. The sale, which involves 11....

  • Kawasaki: Obama visit engaging, productive - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) House Rep. Scott Kawasaki says he's grateful for President Obama's visit and enjoys reflecting on it, but he also believes it's time for the state to get back to business and that includes the Legislature. The Fairbanks Democrat says there is plenty of heavy lifting ahead in a special session and n....

  • Fracking causes a rumble - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission has injected some of the most authoritative backing yet to the spreading debate in Western Canada, Texas and Oklahoma that activities associated with hydraulic fracturing are triggering earthquakes. The commission has raised the bar for energy regulators b....

  • Trans-Alaska pipeline value upheld - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Supreme Court has handed the owners of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline another major defeat regarding the system's value for property tax purposes. The high court, in a 30-page opinion released Aug. 28, affirmed a state Superior Court decision “in all respects.” The lower court had determin....

  • AOGA partners with IPAA on new website - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Oil and Gas Association is partnering with the Independent Petroleum Association of America on a new website, the Arctic Energy Center, which the organizations describe as a joint effort to advance greater public understanding of energy development in the American Arctic. Kara Moriarty,....

  • BLM completes Cape Simpson cleanup work - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) The federal Bureau of Land Management said Sept. 1 that it has completed cleanup of Cape Simpson legacy well sites in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. BLM said it facilitated removal of surface debris through an inter-agency agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The corps contracte....


  • August ANS production down 11% from July - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) Alaska North Slope production averaged 418,127 barrels per day in August, down 10.6 percent from a July average of 467,922, with all fields down substantially Aug. 21-22 during Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s second planned maintenance shutdown of the summer. Alyeska spokeswoman Michelle Egan said w....

  • Nexen feeling regulator's wrath - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Alberta Energy Regulator has come down heavily a month after Nexen was involved in one of the largest on-land oil spills in North America by ordering the company to shut down 95 pipelines from its Long Lake oil sands project in northern Alberta. Wholly owned by China National Offshore Oil Co.,....

  • Pacific NorthWest LNG project headed for showdown - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Pacific NorthWest LNG project, headed by Malaysia's Petronas, is becoming even more deeply mired in its dispute with a northwest British Columbia aboriginal community over the proposed site for a liquefaction and tanker terminal. Members of the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation, representing about 3,20....

  • CINGSA settlement proposed, opposed - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska and customers with firm storage service contracts — Chugach Electric Association, Enstar Natural Gas and Homer Electric Association — have told the Regulatory Commission of Alaska they have agreed to settle all issues raised by a proposed CINGSA tariff revision.....

  • North Dakota judge blocks WOTUS rule - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) A federal judge in North Dakota on Aug. 27 blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo issued a temporary injunction requested by No....

  • Obama pledges more icebreakers - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) During a three-day trip to Alaska, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, President Barack Obama said he would take steps to accelerate acquisition of additional icebreakers to ensure the United States can operate safely in the Arctic. The U.S. currently has three icebreakers, only two fully operational, compared to a R....

  • Imperial keeping Arctic gas hope alive - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) Imperial Oil, as lead partner in the Mackenzie Gas Project, has taken a formal step to keep the venture alive for at least another seven years in hopes that there will be a market for Canada's Arctic gas, including for export as LNG. The company has applied to Canada's National Energy Board to exten....

  • Nova Scotia LNG projects hinge on US - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) Two LNG projects planned for Nova Scotia are in the unusual position of relying on the United States to secure both feedstock natural gas and export markets. And two more proposals for Canada's Maritime region are equally dependent on the U.S. — one by Spain's Repsol to add export capacity to its C....

  • Shell continues drilling after storm - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) Shell has been continuing the drilling of its Burger J well in the Chukchi Sea following an interruption in the drilling operation for two or three days as a result of a storm, company spokeswoman Megan Baldino told Petroleum News on Sept. 2. The semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Polar Pionee....

  • Oil Patch Bits: STEELFAB acquires the Messer MPC200 - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) STEELFAB said its new Messer MPC 2000 is one of the most advanced, heavy-duty, high-precision steel-cutting systems on the planet and is the first of its kind in Alaska. This multi-process steel fabricator can perform jobs that were previously sent out of state for customers in the oil and gas, mini....

  • Oil Patch Bits: North Slope Telecom celebrates 35th anniversary - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) Thirty-five years ago, Alaska needed a telecommunications contractor that not only understood the conventions of the oil industry but could also effectively engineer, install and configure mission critical communication systems to operate reliably in the face of the world's harshest environments and....

  • Oil Patch Bits: AECOM hires Cogger as an environmental scientist - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) Corinne Cogger has joined AECOM's Anchorage, Alaska, office as an environmental scientist. Her responsibilities at AECOM include contributing to project documents, field work support and coordination, as well as the collection, analysis and documentation of field data. Cogger has approximately two y....

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