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  • Repsol plans 3 wells - 11/16/2014 (Full story) Repsol E&P USA Inc. plans to drill three exploration wells this coming winter to assess previous discoveries it made between the Kuparuk River and Colville River units. The Spanish supermajor is permitting five potential well locations for the program, which would give the company some flexibility a....

  • Many moving parts - 11/16/2014 (Full story) With many stakeholders, several major interrelated components and an aggressive timescale, the Interior Energy Project presents something of a challenge. The project, with funding support from AIDEA, or the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, is designed to bring affordable natural g....

  • Hands across the Pacific - 11/16/2014 (Full story) A five-day trip to China by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who had set a primary goal of “reanimating” trade relations, ended Nov. 10 in apparent success. Meetings with China's top leadership — the first one-on-one sessions granted to Harper in his eight years as prime minister — ended with....

  • Buccaneer reorganization plan approved by bankruptcy court - 11/16/2014  A federal bankruptcy court has approved a reorganization plan for Buccaneer Energy Ltd., which allows the bankrupt company to move toward a vote in December. Creditors now have until Dec. 2 to approve or reject the plan or to formally object to it. If all proceeds as planned, Buccaneer would have un....

  • Sullivan heads to Washington, Walker forms transition team - 11/16/2014  The state won't certify returns from the Nov. 4 general election until as late as Nov. 28, but after a second round of ballot counting Nov. 11, The Associated Press declared Republican Dan Sullivan the victor in the race for the U.S. Senate, and Sullivan headed for Washington. Incumbent Democratic....

  • Enbridge gets rough ride on pipeline - 11/16/2014  If Enbridge's initial push to send more western crude — oil sands bitumen and Bakken production — into Canada's major refinery centers were seen as a simple dress rehearsal for TransCanada's Energy East project it's time to rethink. When Enbridge announced its intention to “re-reverse” the flow dir....

  • Murkowski continues to push for Alaska - 11/16/2014  The election results are in, for the most part, and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski returned to Washington poised to run the Senate's Energy and Resources Committee and the Appropriations Committee's Interior-Environment Subcommittee, which covers ANWR. Should this play out when a new Congress convenes in....

  • EIA drops forecast crude oil spot price - 11/16/2014  North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices fell during October, averaging $95 a barrel at the beginning of the month and $84 at the end, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its November Short-Term Energy Outlook. “The causes included weakening outlooks for global economic and oil demand g....

  • Alaska wind farms learn from experience - 11/16/2014  With rural communities in Alaska suffering from the excessive cost of diesel powered electricity generation, wind farms have been sprouting up at remote locations across the state as a means of providing more affordable rural energy. And, as the rural wind energy business matures, people have learne....

  • House, Senate organize for new session - 11/16/2014  While results from the Nov. 4 general election have not been certified, the Alaska House and Senate have announced organization plans for the 2015 session. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, was chosen speaker of the House for a record fourth term, the House majority said in a Nov. 6 statement. As reported....

  • Another report from Exxon Valdez case - 11/16/2014  A court case dating back to 1991 and relating to damages from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound has still not been resolved. In an Oct. 15 status report to the court, the federal government and the state of Alaska, parties in the case, said that work is still in progre....

  • LNG Canada lifts hopes - 11/16/2014  In the midst of gathering gloom over British Columbia's once-extravagant LNG hopes, a partnership led by Shell Canada has provided a sudden lift by starting an environmental assessment of its plans for spending up to C$40 billion on the LNG Canada project. Along with that a project executive has des....

  • RCA gives Unocal more time for transfer - 11/16/2014  State regulators have once again extended the deadline for a Union Oil Company of California subsidiary to transfer its small ownership in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska is now giving Union Pipeline Co. until Jan. 25, 2015, to request a formal transfer of its inte....

  • Hilcorp planning Blossom pad, wells - 11/16/2014  As part of its continued focus on reviving the Ninilchik unit, Hilcorp Alaska LLC wants to build a new pad at the Cook Inlet unit and drill as many as two exploration wells. The proposed Blossom pad would be a mile north of the existing Grassim Oskoloff pad at the onshore unit along the coastline of....

  • LNG sellers, buyers talk differences - 11/16/2014  Asian LNG consumers said the market has taken its first steps away from costly oil-linked pricing and other contract terms they have chafed under in recent years, and they anticipate further, more extensive reforms in the coming years. Liquefied natural gas producers acknowledged the marketplace is....

  • Great Bear planning three-well program - 11/16/2014  Great Bear Petroleum Operating LLC plans to drill three wells this coming winter to explore for conventional oil resources and learn more about unconventional plays. All three wells — Alkaid No. 1, Phecda No. 1 and Talitha No. 1 — would be located just west of the Dalton Highway and trans-Alaska oil....

  • Alberta, BC best of pals - 11/16/2014  Alberta and British Columbia are making a fresh stab at rebuilding neighborly relations. After years of prickly dealings, with Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline at the core of the tensions, the two provinces have promised to try melting the deep freeze. Things started out promisingly when Alberta....

  • Summer work essential to LNG permits - 11/16/2014  Armed with bug dope and bear spray, field crews hired by Alaska LNG spent their second consecutive summer making detailed records of soils, archaeology and other basic data needed for permitting and building a proposed multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas project. Alaska LNG plans to use the in....

  • Enviros sue over incidental take rule - 11/16/2014  Environmental law firm Earthjustice, on behalf of six environmental organizations, has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior over the issue in June 2013 of a temporary rule, allowing the incidental take of small numbers of walruses and polar bears during oil and gas exploration operations in Alas....

  • 9th Circuit rejects Shell pre-emptive appeal - 11/16/2014  A panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has rejected a highly unusual lawsuit, filed by Shell in 2012, attempting to pre-empt litigation against the company's Chukchi Sea oil spill response plan. Shell filed the lawsuit in federal District Court in Alaska against 13 envi....

  • Last big icebreaker endures despite age - 11/16/2014  The last U.S. icebreaker capable of crushing through the thickest ice of the Antarctic and Arctic resumed its mission after the latest repairs to postpone its already past-due retirement. Climate change makes the 38-year-old Polar Star Icebreaker's science and security missions ever more vital, acco....

  • US drilling rig count down 4 to 1,925 - 11/16/2014  Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs drilling for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by four the week ending Nov. 7 to 1,925. The Houston firm said in its weekly report that 1,568 rigs were drilling for oil and 356 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A yea....

  • EIA tells US to get used to cheap gas - 11/16/2014  Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says. In a dramatic shift from previous forecasts, the Energy Department predicted Nov. 12 that the average price of gasoline in the U.S. will be below $2.94 a gallon in 2015. That's a 44-cent drop from an outlook issued ju....


  • Miller shareholder case nears conclusion - 11/16/2014  A federal judge in Tennessee has granted preliminary approval of a financial settlement between Miller Energy Resources Inc. and some of its shareholders. The settlement would resolve lawsuits investors filed after Miller's stock price tanked in 2011. The suits were consolidated into a single case,....

  • DOE announces gasification project funding - 11/16/2014  The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that it is providing funding for four projects that are developing technologies for converting carbon-based materials into hydrogen-rich syngas, a material that can become a feedstock for power generation, chemical manufacture, hydrogen and transportation....

  • Pipeline transfers conditionally approved - 11/16/2014  The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has approved the transfer of five North Slope pipelines from BP Transportation (Alaska) to Hilcorp Alaska subsidiary Harvest Alaska, subject to the sale closing and approval of right-of-way transfers by the Department of Natural Resources. The sale, announced Apr....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Van Gorkom new shareholder at Guess & Rudd PC - 11/16/2014  Guess & Rudd P.C. is pleased to announce that Josh Van Gorkom has become a shareholder of the firm. Since joining Guess & Rudd in 2010, Van Gorkom has represented insurance companies, insurance brokers, banks, Native corporations, oil and gas companies, mining companies, municipal governments, small....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Jensen Maritime and Vigor to unveil new design - 11/16/2014  Jensen Maritime and Vigor will unveil the design for a new 352-foot catcher processor/factory trawler at the Pacific Marine Expo on Nov. 19 in Seattle, Washington The design is the product of collaboration between Jensen, the design architect, Vigor, the shipbuilder, and three major fishing customer....

  • Oil Patch Bits: CGG launches PowerLog Frac software - 11/16/2014  CGG announced the release of PowerLog Frac, a new tool to petrophysically analyze well log data and directly feed results into fracture simulation software. Completions engineers use the resulting models to design better hydraulic fracturing projects and improve well performance. PowerLog Frac is ne....

  • The Producers 2014: Arrivals, expansions, consolidations - 11/16/2014 (Full story) The Producers provides an opportunity to consider the previous year and the upcoming year of oil and gas development across Alaska. As expected, some trends emerge. The biggest trend this year was the arrival of smaller companies to the North Slope. The small and privately held Caelus Energy LLC now....

  • The Producers 2014: Changing landscapes and the evolution of producers, investors - 11/16/2014 (Full story) Optimism in Alaska's oil and gas industry is bringing an influx of capital investment into the many units and oil fields on state-leased lands. Companies are working to improve production and bring development opportunities forward. With new drill rigs on the North Slope and the expansion of infrast....

  • The Producers 2014: Aurora expects big year at Nicolai Creek in 2015 - 11/16/2014 (Full story) After a pair of disappointing wells in 2013, and maintenance work in 2014, Aurora Gas LLC expects to renew efforts at Nicolai Creek next year based on new seismic work. The Alaska-based independent drilled the Nicolai Creek No. 13 and No. 14 wells in August and July 2013, respectively. Based on the....

  • The Producers 2014: With sale, BP is more focused than ever on Prudhoe - 11/16/2014 (Full story) BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. shrunk in 2014. The local subsidiary of British giant BP plc started the year as the most active operator on the North Slope, overseeing development at four state units — Prudhoe Bay, Milne Point, Duck Island and Northstar — and the federal Liberty unit, which remains un....

  • The Producers 2014: BRPC charts a unique path to oil development - 11/16/2014 (Full story) The Alaska Venture Capital Group became one of the most active exploration companies in Alaska over the past decade by assembling joint ventures of small independent players. Now, the company is taking a similar approach to development. Earlier this year, AVCG LLC and its partner Ramshorn Investment....

  • The Producers 2014: Buccaneer bankruptcy ends five-year Alaska story - 11/16/2014 (Full story) Buccaneer Energy Ltd. was the last company to bring a new field online in Alaska. But the Australian independent is unlikely to be an Alaskan producer for much longer. After assembling an ambitious portfolio of exploration prospects across the entire Cook Inlet basin, the company filed for Chapter....

  • The Producers 2014: Caelus seeks to expand pioneering Oooguruk field - 11/16/2014 (Full story) Caelus Energy LLC is part of a new trend in Alaska oil and gas development. Traditionally, new entrants to the state would acquire acreage in lease sales, shoot a seismic campaign, drill exploration wells, sanction development, incrementally expand into satellites and eventually conduct a series of....

  • The Producers 2014: ConocoPhillips gets busy on North Slope development - 11/16/2014 (Full story) ConocoPhillips is in the early stages of what is perhaps its broadest development campaign on the North Slope since the company was created through a 2002 merger. The Houston-based giant, which bills itself as “the world's largest E&P company,” is either expanding or initiating development at three....

  • The Producers 2014: ConocoPhillips operates Cook Inlet legacy assets - 11/16/2014 (Full story) ConocoPhillips' stature in Cook Inlet has shrunk over the past three years. Hilcorp Alaska LLC is now the dominant producer in the region and several small independents are much more enthusiastic about exploration than ConocoPhillips. And yet the Houston-based company remains an important player in....

  • The Producers 2014: Eni starting phase II at Nikaitchuq - 11/16/2014 (Full story) As Eni US Operating Co. Inc. completes its initial development program at the Nikaitchuq unit, it is beginning expansion efforts that could define the future of the field. The Italian major expects to complete its initial development program at the North Slope field by the end of the year, but will....

  • The Producers 2014: Exxon working on big and small projects in Alaska - 11/16/2014 (Full story) ExxonMobil is a major player in the Alaska oil industry. But unlike peers BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. and ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., the global giant currently operates very little production in Alaska. In fact, Exxon only operates two Alaska fields: the as-yet-nonproducing Point Thomson unit on t....

  • The Producers 2014: Furie inching closer to Kitchen Lights startup - 11/16/2014 (Full story) If Furie Operating Alaska LLC brings the Kitchen Lights unit into production sometime next year, as it anticipates, it would mark a new milestone in the Cook Inlet renaissance. The much-touted rejuvenation of the basin has largely consisted of expanded exploration activities and renewed investment i....

  • The Producers 2014: Hilcorp hitting early stride in Cook Inlet basin - 11/16/2014 (Full story) The speed with which Hilcorp Alaska LLC became the dominant force in Cook Inlet will certainly prove to be among the most important moments in the history of the basin. The privately held Houston-based independent owned no oil or gas assets in Alaska at the start of 2011. By the end of 2012, it was....

  • The Producers 2014: Deal with BP brings Hilcorp to the North Slope - 11/16/2014 (Full story) By the time The Producers went to print, Hilcorp Alaska LLC had yet to close on its acquisition of four North Slope properties operated by BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. Assuming the sale goes through, the privately held Texas-based independent would become the operator and majority working interest o....

  • The Producers 2014: Miller expanding across Cook Inlet and North Slope - 11/16/2014 (Full story) Miller Energy Resources Ltd. was bullish about Alaska when it arrived in the state in 2009, but the Tennessee-based independent became far more bullish over this past year. The Tennessee independent is the parent company of Cook Inlet Energy, which operates a series of fields and facilities on the w....

  • The Producers 2014: North Slope Borough remains a stable producer - 11/16/2014 (Full story) While much of rural Alaska copes with the high cost of diesel fuel, the city of Barrow is powered by three nearby natural gas fields: South Barrow, East Barrow and Walakpa. That gas has drastically changed life in the North Slope Borough's largest city. “I remember when we first got it my father ord....

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