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  • Mustang under way - 03/08/2015 (Full story) The Mustang development is under way. Brooks Range Petroleum Corp. began drilling its first development well at the North Slope field in early January using Nabors rig 16E. The approximately 9,300-foot SMU-M02 well is a directional injection well to support Southern Miluveach unit production. The w....

  • Beechey's fate unclear - 03/08/2015 (Full story) The state is considering the fate of the Beechey Point unit. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources started termination proceedings for the North Slope unit last September, although it agreed to reconsider after operator Brooks Range Petroleum Corp. made a case for maintaining the unit in the Gw....

  • Petronas reawakens - 03/08/2015 (Full story) Despite the absence of any final corporate sanctioning of projects, British Columbia is coming to life with some renewed hope for an LNG industry. The Pacific NorthWest joint venture, headed by Petronas, will make a decision by the end of June to go ahead with its plans, providing it can lock up a d....

  • Walker v. House Republicans: battle of gas line wills escalates - 03/08/2015  The battle of philosophical gas line development wills between Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and leading House members continues to escalate. The two sides have been sparring ever since Walker announced his intent to expand the scope of the in-state line two weeks ago. This puzzled some House members, in....

  • Repsol gaining confidence on plan - 03/08/2015  Repsol YPF will decide whether to pursue a development in Alaska early next year. The Spanish supermajor intends to make a decision about its proposed North Slope development after completing a three-well appraisal program currently under way, Chief Executive Officer Josu Jon Imaz told analysts duri....

  • Stedman: Give governor time on gas line - 03/08/2015  Sen. Bert Stedman spent the week in Washington, D.C., taking advantage of some good timing. The Sitka Republican serves on the National Petroleum Council, which is drafting a report on Arctic development and research. While there Stedman also spent time with the Energy Council during its annual wint....

  • ANS production down 3.3 percent month-over-month - 03/08/2015  Alaska North Slope crude oil production averaged 512,795 barrels per day in February, down 3.28 percent from a January average of 530,208 bpd, a drop of 17,413 bpd. Most major reporting areas were down, with only Endicott and Alpine showing month-over-month increases. The largest per-barrel drop w....

  • Service sector gets hammered - 03/08/2015  The costs of the rapid erosion of Canada's upstream sector have landed squarely on supply and service companies, who are under extreme pressure to rebid on contracts or slash a minimum 20 percent off their orders. Many of those companies have made it clear they will not play ball as they eliminate j....

  • FNG, RAPA, object to FNSB requested stay - 03/08/2015  The Fairbanks North Star Borough has drawn objections to its Feb. 4 request for a stay in two interrelated cases pending before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. After the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority said it in late January that it proposed to purchase Pentex Alaska Natura....

  • The known and unknown on dispersants - 03/08/2015  The massive use of chemical dispersants to deal with oil spewing from the Macondo wellhead during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster brought the use of this particular oil spill response technique to the forefront of many people's attentions. But what are the benefits of using dispersant chemicals....

  • Jordan Cove LNG battles on - 03/08/2015  A Michigan-based company has won the first round of a court fight to acquire up to 20 percent of the Jordan Cove LNG project in Oregon, even though the scheme has been switched to an “export” from an “import” proposal. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled Feb. 26 that Energy Fundamentals Grou....

  • Miller completes two North Fork gas wells - 03/08/2015  Miller Energy Resources said March 3 that it has drilled, completed and brought into production two new natural gas wells at the North Fork unit. North Fork, on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula east of Anchor Point, is operated by Miller's Alaska subsidiary, Cook Inlet Energy. The field was acquired by Mil....

  • Hilcorp has flow line spill at Milne - 03/08/2015  New Milne Point field operator Hilcorp Alaska had a produced fluids release Feb. 28 from a hole on the bottom of a Tract 14 production flowline. A statement from the unified command for the release — Hilcorp Alaska, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Prot....


  • Finding middle road on OCS development - 03/08/2015  The recent publication by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of a proposed new five-year oil and gas lease sale program for the U.S. outer continental shelf raised a perhaps predictable flurry of polarized objections, with those who support offshore development complaining about the plan's limita....

  • Groups sue Seattle over Shell fleet - 03/08/2015  Several environmental groups sued the Port of Seattle March 2 to prevent Royal Dutch Shell PLC from using Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet. The Port of Seattle in early February signed a two-year lease with Foss Maritime Co., whose client is Shell, to rent 50 acre....

  • Ormat terminates Mount Spurr venture - 03/08/2015  Ormat Technologies has given up its attempt to find a viable geothermal energy resource on the flanks of the Mount Spurr volcano in Southcentral Alaska. During a fourth quarter earnings call on Feb. 25 Doron Blachar, the company's chief financial officer, said that the company had written off $7.3 m....

  • Gas line coordinator taking new job - 03/08/2015  The outgoing federal coordinator of Alaska gas pipeline projects has a new job lined up. Larry Persily will work as an oil and gas special assistant to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre. Persily is in the process of closing down the coordinator's office, which was not included in a spendi....

  • BLM schedules remediation at Umiat wells - 03/08/2015  The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said remediation work is scheduled to begin in March on legacy wells near Umiat within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Alaska officials and the state's congressional delegation have been pushing for cleanup of legacy wells, 136 exploratory wells and borehol....

  • US rig count decreases 43 to 1,267 - 03/08/2015  Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs drilling for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 43 the week ending Feb. 27 to 1,267 amid depressed oil prices. The Houston-based company said in its weekly report that 86 rigs were drilling for oil and 280 for gas. One was lis....

  • New geologic map; donations to GMC - 03/08/2015  The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys has published a geologic map of the east-central North Slope. The work, funded by the state and the U.S. Geological Survey's STATEMAP program, covers more than 1,200 square miles of the south-central Sagavanir....

  • FERC will prepare EIS for Alaska LNG - 03/08/2015  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said March 4 that its staff will prepare an environmental impact statement on impacts of construction and operation of the Alaska LNG Project. FERC said the notice begins the scoping process the commission and its cooperating agencies will use to gather inpu....

  • Leaner Encana ready for combat - 03/08/2015  Encana, once North America's largest natural gas producer and the bellwether Canadian energy company, is emerging from its painful makeover refocused on liquids and in fighting trim to extend its run of acquisitions last year. Under Chief Executive Officer Doug Suttles, the company is not spooked b....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Bald Mountain Air Service earns Medallion Shield - 03/08/2015  Bald Mountain Air Service, owned by lifelong Alaskans Gary and Jeanne Porter, has earned the Medallion Shield — the highest safety award by the Medallion Foundation. Each of the Five Stars represents one of the cornerstones of the Medallion Shield: controlled flight into terrain avoidance, an intern....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Lolofietele joins AECOM team - 03/08/2015  Noa Lolofietele has recently joined AECOM as a receptionist. Lolofietele has more than 5 years of combined experience in management, customer service, and in various administrative positions. Her current responsibilities as front desk receptionist include answering all incoming phone calls, greeting....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Haines new CFO for Alaska Rubber & Rigging Supply - 03/08/2015  Alaska Rubber & Rigging Supply is pleased to announce the addition of Dawni Haines as their new CFO. Haines has been an Alaska resident since 1984 after she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a business minor. She has worked and played hard in Alaska since that time, enjo....

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