Big Nikaitchuq plans - 08/03/2014 (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 upcoming operations.
The Italian major expects to complete its initial development program at the North Slope field by the end of the year, but will und....
Spill would spread - 08/03/2014 (Full story)
A new report by the World Wildlife Fund Canada was emphatic on one point: A significant oil spill in the Canadian section of the Beaufort Sea would quickly contaminate ecologically sensitive shorelines in Canada and Alaska.
The conclusion was released July 25 just as Imperial Oil and Chevron Canada....
Happy Valley appraisal - 08/03/2014 (Full story)
Hilcorp Alaska LLC is planning a four-well appraisal program to prove up and possibly develop a shallow natural gas accumulation within the boundaries of the Deep Creek unit.
The Cook Inlet producer wants to build a Happy Valley C pad at the onshore Kenai Peninsula unit. The project would involve a....
Federal judge declines to vacate permit for emerging CD-5 project - 08/03/2014
U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason has denied a motion to set aside, or vacate, the federal permit for a ConocoPhillips oil development now under construction in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
A handful of residents from the nearby village of Nuiqsut wanted the permit vacated as part of thei....
Conoco contracts with Doyon for new-build rotary rig for Kuparuk - 08/03/2014
ConocoPhillips Alaska said July 28 that it has contracted with Doyon Drilling for a new drilling rig, Doyon 142, the first new-build rotary rig the company has added to the Kuparuk River rig fleet since 2000.
The rig is scheduled to begin drilling in early 2016.
Mike Wheatall, ConocoPhillips Alask....
Canada's Independents being independent - 08/03/2014
Two of Canada's largest independent oil and gas producers have a sharply contrasting view of their destinies.
Encana, after a year under new leadership, is convinced it is beating the clock in its corporate makeover.
But Talisman Energy, guided by a caretaker chief executive officer, could be on the....
Persily: LNG project issues numerous - 08/03/2014
There aren't many people who can speak to the prospects of Alaska getting North Slope gas to market with authority backed by decades of frontlines work.
Larry Persily is among them. He has served as the Obama administration's federal coordinator for a natural gas pipeline since his 2010 appointment....
Cheap gas fuels big dreams - 08/03/2014
The prospect of using abundant supplies of natural gas as a transportation fuel has attracted a swarm of admirers and eager promoters over several decades. But progress toward their big dreams has been marked by fits and starts.
Companies such as Shell, Chesapeake, Encana and South Africa's Sasol ha....
Investors stir up Canada's LNG sector - 08/03/2014
The jostling continues in Canada's LNG field, with two investor groups trying to assert their influence.
Activist hedge fund Jana Partners is putting pressure on Apache to break up the Kitimat LNG partnership, while private equity firm Kern Partners has launched a new C$750 million energy fund, with....
BP reaches settlement for Alaska spills - 08/03/2014
BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. has reached a proposed $450,000 settlement to resolve federal and state pollution violations in the Greater Prudhoe Bay unit.
The settlement covers four oil discharges from BP-operated pipelines from 2007 to 2011.
Federal and state officials outlined the alleged violatio....
BOEM issues call for 2017 Beaufort sale - 08/03/2014
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued a call for information and nominations for a potential 2017 Beaufort Sea oil and gas lease sale.
The agency said the purpose of the 45-day call is to “gather information about specific areas within the Beaufort Sea Planning Area that have the mo....
Governor names review board members - 08/03/2014
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has named the members of the state's Oil and Gas Competitiveness Review Board.
The board was established in Senate Bill 21 and will report to the Legislature in January 2015 on changes to state regulations and permitting which would encourage increased investment in the sta....
Borough protests FNG proposed rate hike - 08/03/2014
Fairbanks Natural Gas LLC filed a revenue requirement and cost of service study with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska on June 30, proposing a rate increase of 6.92 percent. This was the first rate case FNG has filed since it began business in 1997, offering natural gas in the Fairbanks area by br....
Oral history chronicles 1989 oil spill - 08/03/2014
The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council and the University of Alaska Fairbanks have partnered to create an online oral history of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
“Through the university's Project Jukebox website, visitors can access video, audio and written resources that offer a ri....
BOEM extends OCS comment period - 08/03/2014
The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said July 30 that it has extended the public comment period for its 2017-22 outer continental shelf oil and gas leasing program by 15 days, to Aug. 15.
BOEM said the extension was in response to requests from several states.
Betting on gas recovery - 08/03/2014
Two years after making its initial footprint in the Western Canadian Sedimentary basin, junior producer Pine Cliff Energy has joined those who believe natural gas prices are on the verge of a rebound.
It has taken a C$100 million plunge by acquiring shallow gas holdings in Alberta and Saskatchewan....
Court schedules vote of Buccaneer plan - 08/03/2014
A bankruptcy court is allowing Buccaneer Energy ltd. to sell its “de minimis” assets.
The recent order from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas establishes procedures for Buccaneer and its subsidiaries to sell or abandon any assets valued at less than $3,000. The procedures....
Crowley installs automated system at McGrath airport - 08/03/2014
Crowley's Alaska fuel sales and distribution group has unveiled McGrath airport's first aviation fuel card lock system, offering pilots the convenience of 24-hour refueling services at one of the region's busiest airfields. The implementation of the new, fully automated system means that aviators ca....
Oil Patch Bits: CGG's Hampson and Russell awarded with membership - 08/03/2014
Dan Hampson and Brian Russell of CGG were awarded honorary membership in the Geophysical Society of Houston during its 2014 Annual Honors and Awards Banquet.
Honorary membership in the GSH is conferred in recognition of a distinguished contribution to the geophysical profession. It is the highest a....
Oil Patch Bits: URS announces hiring of Amy Rosenthal - 08/03/2014
Amy Rosenthal recently joined URS as a senior environmental planner and project manager with more than 18 years of practical environmental resource management, planning, regulatory and academic experience. She is a technical expert in National Environmental Policy Act analysis and cumulative impact....|