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  • Moving ahead - 03/22/2015 (Full story) As Furie Operating Alaska LLC works to complete construction of a natural gas producing platform at its Kitchen Lights unit, the company is also planning its near-term development and exploration strategy for the offshore unit in the upper Cook Inlet. This year, the Alaska subsidiary of German Deuts....

  • Board requests estimates - 03/22/2015 (Full story) The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board has directed staff to provide cost estimates on two larger sizes for the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline. The board, with Walker administration commissioners and three new members appointed by the governor, met March 12 and its first resolution was the cost es....

  • Keeping BC project alive - 03/22/2015 (Full story) Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, along with other projects to export crude bitumen and LNG, got a wake-up prod from a former Canadian diplomat who called on the Canadian, British Columbia and Alberta governments to redouble their efforts to gain public and First Nations support for the....

  • Shell names new Alaska manager - 03/22/2015  Shell has appointed Laurie Schmidt as vice president, Shell Alaska, effective February, Shell spokeswoman Megan Baldino has told Petroleum News. Schmidt replaces Pete Slaiby who has taken a new position for Shell, based out of Houston. Schmidt has moved to Alaska from a position as the head of audit....

  • Exxon resumes Pt. Thomson drilling - 03/22/2015  ExxonMobil said March 12 that it has resumed drilling at Point Thomson on Alaska's North Slope. The initial production system at Point Thomson is scheduled for startup in 2016, with an initial volume of 10,000 barrels per day of natural gas condensate. ExxonMobil said winter construction continues....

  • Agrium Kenai plant may reopen - 03/22/2015  Motivated by an upsurge in the Cook Inlet gas industry, Agrium Inc. is seriously considering re-opening its fertilizer plant at Nikiski on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Agrium executives confirmed to the state House Resources Committee on March 11. “We're very encouraged by the new gas discoveries and t....

  • Freshman Talerico co-chairing Resources - 03/22/2015  House Rep. David Talerico may be a freshman lawmaker, but he's sharing a gavel with Rep. Bennie Nageak as co-chair for the Resources Committee. The Healy Republican is no newcomer to public service. Talerico served as the Denali Borough mayor for 10 years until 2012. He has wasted little time in get....

  • Study: No value in project subsidies - 03/22/2015  Using public money to help finance privately owned infrastructure, such as energy upgraders and refineries, in an attempt to keep more investment, jobs and revenues closer to resource extraction makes no sense, says a study by the University of Calgary School of Public Policy. The report, which was....

  • Hilcorp waiting on three units - 03/22/2015  Hilcorp Alaska LLC wants to suspend three Cook Inlet units for another year. The local subsidiary of the Houston-based independent wants to pause its operations at the Stump Lake unit, Kasilof unit and North Trading unit, according to recent plans of development filed with the Alaska Division of Oil....

  • Hilcorp waiting on three units - 03/22/2015  Hilcorp Alaska LLC wants to suspend three Cook Inlet units for another year. The local subsidiary of the Houston-based independent wants to pause its operations at the Stump Lake unit, Kasilof unit and North Trading unit, according to recent plans of development filed with the Alaska Division of Oil....

  • Conoco: 2015 volumes up, capex down - 03/22/2015  ConocoPhillips said March 17 that it is projecting a 2 to 3 percent overall increase in volume this year, with an increase to 17 million barrels of oil equivalent by 2017, excluding production from Libya. The company will provide details of its 2015 to 2017 plan at an analyst and investor meeting A....

  • Testing the M&A market - 03/22/2015  Buyers and sellers are starting to jam up Canada's oil and natural gas marketplace ahead of what is expected to be a period of feverish activity in the buying and selling of distressed assets. In their latest quarterly reports, mid to small producers Crescent Point Energy, Kelt Exploration and Ragin....

  • BLM issues leases from fall NPR-A sale - 03/22/2015  The federal Bureau of Land Management has issued National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska leases resulting from last fall's oil and gas lease sale. The Nov. 19 sale generated $658,978 in bids on seven tracts totaling 66,650 acres. Five of the new leases are held by NordAq Energy Inc., bringing that compa....


  • Codifying the Arctic safety rules - 03/22/2015  During the second week of March Brian Salerno, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and Abigail Ross Hopper, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, visited communities in Arctic Alaska to solicit comments on proposed new regulations for exploratory drilling in....

  • State sues over ringed seal listing - 03/22/2015  The State of Alaska has appealed in the federal District Court in Alaska against the listing by the National Marine Fisheries Service of the Arctic ringed seal as threatened, under the terms of the Endangered Species Act. The Alaska Oil and Gas Association and the American Petroleum Institute launch....

  • Governments seek more time in EVOS case - 03/22/2015  The state and federal governments say they are closer to deciding whether to pursue additional money for restoration work following the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill but need more time. Government attorneys, in a court filing March 16, said the state's decision has been slowed in part by the recent c....

  • RCA orders hearing on CINGSA native gas - 03/22/2015  The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has suspended a tariff advice submitted by Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Inc., requesting that the storage facility be allowed to sell some gas that it discovered by accident when drilling one of its wells. The commission has ordered a formal hearing into the ga....

  • Total slows Alberta oil sands plans - 03/22/2015  French energy giant Total has joined a procession to the sidelines in the Alberta oil sands by asking to withdraw regulatory applications for its C$11 billion, 100,000 barrels per day Joslyn North Mine. In a letter to the Alberta Energy Regulator, Hugh Campbell, vice president of Total's Canadian un....

  • State issues May 2014 Cook Inlet leases - 03/22/2015  The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has issued leases from its May 2014 lease sale in the Cook Inlet region, according to a February 2015 lease report from the state. The state issued 12 leases to Hilcorp Alaska LLC, seven to Apache Alaska Corp., four to Nordaq Energy Inc., two to Woodstone R....

  • Cook Inlet, Alaska Peninsula sales May 6 - 03/22/2015  Bids will be opened May 6 for the annual Alaska Peninsula and Cook Inlet areawide competitive lease sales. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas, said March 16 that the public bid opening will be at 9 a.m. in the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. In-p....

  • BLM realigns Alaska office boundaries - 03/22/2015  The federal Bureau of Land Management has realigned district and field office boundaries in Alaska using a landscape approach, the agency said March 13. “The approved boundary adjustments will assist BLM to better respond in a timely and consistent manner to future demands and ensure consistent lan....

  • Doyon optimistic on prospects at Nenana - 03/22/2015  James Mery, vice president for lands and natural resources for Doyon Ltd., told the Alaska House Resources Committee on March 11 that the Native regional corporation views an oil discovery in the Nenana basin, a large sediment-filled trough southwest of the city of Fairbanks, as the best potential o....

  • BOEM clarifies airgun noise position - 03/22/2015  On March 9 William Brown, chief environmental officer for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, issued a science note clarifying BOEM's views on the impact of offshore seismic surveys on marine animals and refuting claims that surveys damage animal populations. A marine seismic survey typically inv....

  • Miller Energy to focus on North Fork gas - 03/22/2015  Miller Energy is going to focus on its North Fork gas field, may drill and frack a sidetrack at Redoubt this summer and will be deferring other prospects as it looks to drill where production can be put online immediately. Carl Giesler, named chief executive officer in mid-September, told a March 1....

  • Shell prepares for Chukchi Sea drilling - 03/22/2015  In early February Ben van Beurden, CEO of Shell, confirmed that his company was moving ahead with plans to restart its exploration drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea during the 2015 summer open water season. In apparent confirmation of that statement notices relating to requests from Shell for some go....

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