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  • Kulluk report out - 04/13/2014 (Full story) The U.S. Coast Guard has published its report documenting the findings from its investigation of the grounding of the Kulluk, Shell's floating drilling platform, in the Gulf of Alaska on Dec. 31, 2012. The report says that a series of events led to the grounding but that the most significant factor....

  • The hemisphere's most treacherous waters - 04/13/2014  The likely winter sea conditions in the Gulf of Alaska should give cause for concern for anyone planning a major vessel tow through this challenging region, according to the U.S. Coast Guard's newly published report on its investigation of the December 2012 grounding of Shell's Kulluk drilling rig.....

  • USCG recommendations over Kulluk grounding - 04/13/2014  As part of the report from its investigation of the 2012 grounding of Shell's Kulluk floating drilling rig, the U.S. Coast Guard has made several recommendations for actions that might prevent a similar disaster from happening in the future. At the top of the list comes a recommendation that the Coa....

  • Coast Guard recommends enforcement action - 04/13/2014  As one its findings, the U.S. Coast Guard investigation into the December 2012 grounding of Shell's Kulluk floating drilling rig has recommended that the appropriate authorities investigate possible infringements of U.S. law governing marine operations. The Coast Guard's report from the investigatio....

  • Stray metal investigated - 04/13/2014 (Full story) Federal regulators are citing potential integrity threats at dozens of points along the trans-Alaska pipeline. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed a list of corrective measures in a March 13 letter to Tom Barrett, president of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. The age....

  • Jobs plan for LNG boom - 04/13/2014 (Full story) British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, supported by a delegation of top cabinet ministers and petroleum leaders, has persuaded the Canadian government to declare that the LNG sector is a potential “nation-builder” which could create 100,000 jobs. Although the accord signed in Ottawa earlier in Apri....

  • House Resources moves amended enabling legislation after 3 weeks - 04/13/2014  House Resources moved a committee substitute for Senate Bill 138 April 9, capping three steady weeks of committee work on the bill, the governor's enabling legislation for state equity participation in an Alaska LNG project. Resources spent five days working through what co-Chair Eric Feige, R-Chick....

  • Nutaaq seeking large rate increase - 04/13/2014  Just months after taking over the system, the new owner of the Badami Pipeline is seeking a 30 percent increase to its tariff rate on the eastern North Slope pipeline. The increase is needed to cover operating costs, according to the company. The hike would restore the rate to 2013 levels, before a....

  • Olson thinks gas project has a chance - 04/13/2014  State Rep. Kurt Olson has seen his share of natural gas pipeline drama. First came negotiations between Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration and North Slope leaseholders BP, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips that created rancor among the legislators. Then there was the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act tha....

  • Shrinking the field - 04/13/2014  The Canadian government's new rules to expedite the regulatory phase of large-scale energy projects and eliminate repetitive presentations are getting their first test as Kinder Morgan prepares for public hearings on its plan to triple capacity on the Trans Mountain pipeline to the British Columbia....

  • Revenue sees some production improvement - 04/13/2014  The Alaska Department of Revenue released its spring revenue forecast April 7 showing an uptick of $374 million from the department's fall forecast for 2014 fiscal year general fund unrestricted revenue. The state's fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30. Revenue said the 10-year forecast, st....

  • Husky eyes Atlantic LNG - 04/13/2014  Husky Energy is adding some substance to the prospects of LNG exports from Canada's Atlantic coast by disclosing that it is responding to interest from European buyers who are examining alternatives to their reliance on supplies from Russia. Malcolm Maclean, Husky's senior vice president for the Atl....

  • Trent replaces Posey as ML&P manager - 04/13/2014  Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan has appointed James Trent as the new general manager of Municipal Light & Power, the Anchorage municipality-owned electricity utility. Trent replaces James Posey who retired in December after serving as general manager since January 2003. “Mr. Trent has 30 years of leade....

  • AIDEA issues distribution loans - 04/13/2014  The board of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority has approved two loans meant to expand natural gas distribution infrastructure in the Interior region. The loans came from the Sustainable Energy Transmission and Supply Development Fund, as part of the Interior Energy Project, whic....


  • The North Slope gas offtake conundrum - 04/13/2014  Amid the current lively debate around the potential for exporting North Slope gas as liquefied natural gas via a gas pipeline to Southcentral Alaska, there seems to be an implicit assumption that, unless it can be exported, the gas is valueless, stranded on the North Slope. But this assumption is fa....

  • Buccaneer transfers offshore leases - 04/13/2014  The Alaska Department of Natural Resources approved a transfer of a 50 percent working interest and some 39 percent royalty interest in two Buccaneer Alaska LLC leases — ADL 391108 and ADL 391789 — to Hilcorp Alaska LLC in March. The leases were formerly part of the offshore Southern Cross unit, whi....

  • Enstar defends its tariff proposals - 04/13/2014  Enstar Natural Gas Co., the major gas utility serving Southcentral Alaska, has proposed tariff changes that rankle some folks. One change would require commercial customers to provide a one-year notice before leaving, or returning to, the Enstar system. The proposal is a response to gas producers ai....

  • Senate passes Arctic infrastructure bill - 04/13/2014  The Alaska state Senate has passed a bill authorizing the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, or AIDEA, to offer financing options designed for public-private partnerships in the development of Arctic infrastructure. Senate Bill 140 now goes to the House for consideration there. Spon....

  • Allowing non-resident on AGDC board - 04/13/2014  Since a non-resident appointed to the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board has become an issue, House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Kenai, has introduced a bill to amend AGDC statutes to allow for an out-of-state resident to be named to the corporation's board. AGDC board members are named by the gover....

  • BSEE to publish Arctic OCS rule soon - 04/13/2014  Brian Salerno, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, or BSEE, said in an April 8 note on his agency's website that BSEE will soon issue for public comment a new Arctic drilling rule that BSEE has been developing jointly with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. “The Arcti....

  • HB 77 comes to a halt in Senate Resources - 04/13/2014  House Bill 77, the proposed legislation aimed at streamlining the permitting of resource development projects, is dead, at least for this year's legislative session. The bill had been reviewed by the Senate Resources Committee but on April 3 Sen. Cathy Giessel, the committee chair, announced that, g....

  • Arctic sea ice reaches 5th lowest maximum - 04/13/2014  The extent of the Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum winter extent for the year, with the fifth lowest maximum area recorded since satellite observations began in 1979, the National Snow and Ice Data Center, or NSIDC, reported April 2. At 5.76 million square miles on March 21, the maximum area w....

  • Susitna-Watana land use agreement formed - 04/13/2014  The Alaska Energy Authority has formed an agreement with Cook Inlet Region Inc. and several Cook Inlet villages for the use of land needed for the planned Susitna-Watana hydroelectric dam, in remote country around the upper reaches of the Susitna River, to the south of the Alaska Range. The lack of....

  • Timeline slips for Arctic port report - 04/13/2014  The target date has been pushed back for release of a draft report with a recommendation for development of a seaport to support rising activity in the Arctic Ocean. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities have been working together to study....

  • US reaches $5.15B environmental settlement - 04/13/2014  The federal government on April 3 reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination, to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades. The bulk of the money — $4.4 billion — wi....

  • Oil Patch Bits: AACA awards 2014 scholarship to Brett Merboth of Nome - 04/13/2014  The Alaska Air Carriers Association scholarship, underwritten by Crowley Maritime Corp.'s petroleum distribution group in Alaska for the second year in a row, was recently awarded to Nome student Brett Merboth. Merboth is the youngest member in a long line of aviators including his grandparents, Dic....

  • Oil Patch Bits: CGG and Baker Hughes sign RoqSCAN agreement - 04/13/2014  CGG announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Baker Hughes Inc. for RoqSCAN technology offered by CGG. RoqSCAN is a real-time, fully portable, quantitative and automated rock properties and mineralogical analyzer. Developed by Robertson, a CGG company, and Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd.,....

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