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  • Liberty again - 11/30/2014 (Full story) Having purchased a large slice of BP's interests in four BP northern Alaska oil fields, Hilcorp Alaska is going to file a new proposed plan of the development for the Liberty field, offshore in the Beaufort Sea. Hilcorp has acquired a 50 percent interest in Liberty and is now the field operator. Hil....

  • Another rig for Kuparuk - 11/30/2014 (Full story) ConocoPhillips Alaska has contracted with Nabors Alaska Drilling for a new coiled tubing drilling rig, the company's president, Trond-Erik Johansen, told the Resource Development Council's annual conference in Anchorage Nov. 19. The new Nabors rig will begin drilling in late 2016. This is the secon....

  • ‘Pace is everything' - 11/30/2014 (Full story) With about eight months of Alaska operations under its belt, Caelus Natural Resources Alaska Inc. is expecting a year of expansion, Senior Vice President for Alaska Operations Pat Foley said at the Resource Development Council's annual meeting on Nov. 18. The Dallas-based independent is expanding th....

  • Gara wants pause on Nuna royalty for new administration - 11/30/2014  Rep. Les Gara is asking state officials to delay a decision on reducing royalty rates for a proposed North Slope development until after Governor-elect Bill Walker takes office. “The outgoing Parnell Administration should leave the initiation of a proposal on this major royalty reduction for Govern....

  • BC gets fresh dose of LNG hope; TransCanada counts on Petronas - 11/30/2014  From its ringside seat, TransCanada is confident that the British Columbia government has emerged victorious from its battle with the industry over LNG taxes and will secure a final investment decision in December from the mercurial Petronas to proceed with its Pacific NorthWest project, company exe....

  • Young urges national energy, Arctic plans - 11/30/2014  U.S. House Rep. Don Young says he's ready for Congress to take significant steps in advancing the nation's ability to develop its own resources. On Election Day, the Republicans fortified their majority in the House while taking over in the Senate for the upcoming Congress in January. Young says he....

  • Canadian LNG wants US gas - 11/30/2014  Proponents of LNG development on Canada's East Coast have cause to worry about how far moratoriums on fracking in their shale gas region will extend and whether Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will follow British Columbia's lead and impose a special levy on LNG exports. But, for some, there is an even....

  • CIE expects progress on two fronts - 11/30/2014  Cook Inlet Energy LLC expects to reach two milestones by the end of the year: drilling its first well at the North Fork unit and closing on its acquisition of Savant Alaska LLC. On Nov. 14, the local subsidiary of Tennessee-based Miller Energy Resources Inc. received a permit from the Alaska Oil and....

  • Hilcorp asks for Swanson gas rules change - 11/30/2014  Hilcorp Alaska LLC has asked the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to amend operating rules for the Swanson River field to formally define three gas pools at the Kenai Peninsula field. The requested change reflects work the company is doing to increase production from legacy Cook Inlet ass....

  • Energy East faces new barriers - 11/30/2014  Ontario and Quebec, the two provinces that make up more than half of Canada's population, have made common cause by setting conditions they say TransCanada must meet if it hopes to get their support for the C$12 billion Energy East pipeline to the Atlantic coast. Once seen as the most palatable of t....

  • Hilcorp's Harvest purchasing LNG facility - 11/30/2014  Hilcorp Alaska subsidiary Harvest Alaska is in the process of purchasing Titan Alaska's liquefied natural gas facility at Port Mackenzie, and plans to expand the facility. Hilcorp and Harvest said Nov. 20 that an agreement to purchase has been executed for the LNG plant and related LNG transportati....

  • Walker holds transition meetings, names 2 - 11/30/2014  As the winning ‘unity' ticket of Bill Walker and Byron Mallot moved rapidly toward a Dec. 1 inauguration, the governor- and lieutenant governor-elect held transition meetings, Walker named two cabinet members and other officials and spoke at the annual Resource Development Council conference in Anch....

  • A step closer to development - 11/30/2014  In a Nov. 19 interview, Armstrong Oil & Gas Vice President Ed Kerr told Petroleum News “in 10 or 15 years people will talk about Repsol the same way they talk about BP and ConocoPhillips today, in terms of … contributing to Alaska's economy.” Currently BP and ConocoPhillips are Alaska's largest oil....


  • EIA launches oil import analysis tool - 11/30/2014  The EIA, or Energy Information Administration, has launched a new, online tool to enable policymakers, analysts and general members of the public to track trends in the import of crude oil into the United States. Rather than presenting a static report or table showing oil import data, the new tool e....

  • Repsol spending $240 million this year - 11/30/2014  Repsol E&P USA Inc. plans to spend $240 million on its exploration work this winter. The Spanish super-major intends to drill three exploration wells and conduct two well tests on its leases in the Colville River Delta and conduct a large 3-D seismic survey on state and federal acreage south of Nuiq....

  • Oil industry employment hits records - 11/30/2014  Employment in the Alaska oil industry looks set to hit a record level again this year, Neal Fried, an economist with the Alaska Department of Labor, told the Resource Development Council's annual conference on Nov. 19. Apart from 2010, each year since 2007 has marked a new record for employment leve....

  • Beaufort Sea research program under way - 11/30/2014  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the National Oceanographic Partnership Program have announced a new research initiative that will investigate the interrelationships between physical, biological, chemical and human systems in the Beaufort Sea, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM,....

  • Seven Generations ducks downturn - 11/30/2014  Fast-growing Seven Generations Energy, which specializes in fracking for shale formations in Western Canada, made its public debut with a splash, despite some backwash from a low-ebb market. The company raised a combined C$932 million in Canada's second-largest initial public offering of the year be....

  • US drilling rig count up 1 to 1,929 - 11/30/2014  Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs drilling for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by one the week ending Nov. 21 to 1,929. The Houston firm said in its weekly report that 1,574 rigs were drilling for oil and 355 for gas. A year ago there were 1,761 active rigs. ....

  • BOEM reports on Chukchi lease sale SEIS - 11/30/2014  In early November the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management published for public comment a draft version of its reworked SEIS, or supplemental environmental impact statement, for the 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale. And on Nov. 21 the agency filed a report with the federal District Court in Alaska, outlinin....

  • Gulf platform explosion; 1 dead, 3 injured - 11/30/2014  An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico Nov. 20, killing one person and injuring three. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Fieldwood Energy reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. about 12 miles off Louisiana's coas....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Emerald Alaska purchased by National Response Corp. - 11/30/2014  Emerald Alaska, a leading Alaska environmental services company, has been acquired by National Response Corp. from Emerald Services Inc., of Seattle, Washington. Emerald Alaska has been one of Alaska's top providers of environmental and emergency response solutions to the oil and gas industry for 11....

  • Oil Patch Bits: AMA & ARE work to bring students to AMA Conference - 11/30/2014  Alaska Resource Education and the Alaska Miners Association said they were honored to work together to bring 20 students from King Career Center's Natural Resource Management class to the 2014 Anchorage AMA Annual Conference as their Resource Superforce group. The AMA conference is a premier gatheri....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Crowley christens new DP2 tugboat, Ocean Sun - 11/30/2014  As part of the company's industry-leading new vessel build program, Crowley Maritime Corp. christened the latest of its four tugboats in the ocean class series, Ocean Sun, Oct.15 in Lake Charles. The ceremony served to formally welcome the fourth dynamic positioning 2, DP2, tugboat to the company's....

  • Further steps towards nuclear fusion? - 11/30/2014  Thought by some as the holy grail of eventual clean energy production, nuclear fusion has yet to prove its worth as a feasible means of generating electricity. But, with the possibility of generating power using heavy hydrogen from seawater, with no radioactive products or other contaminant emission....

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