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Enogex Buys Ozark, NOARK, Plans New Interstate Line

With purchases last week of the Ozark Pipeline from NGC for $55 million and a majority interest in the NOARK Pipeline system from Prudential Insurance and a SEMCO Energy subsidiary for $30 million, Enogex Inc. collected the components of a new interstate natural gas pipeline system that will traverse Oklahoma and Arkansas. Enogex, a subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based OGE Energy, operates a 3,400-mile intrastate pipeline system in Oklahoma, which will provide some of the upstream supply access for the new system.

January 19, 1998

Samalayuca Pipeline Begins Operations

El Paso Energy reported the $35 million Samalayuca Pipeline, thefirst privately owned gas pipeline in Mexico, started operationslate last month and is flowing about 70 MMcf/d of gas from the U.S.border near El Paso to the Samalayuca I gas-fired power plant inNorthern Mexico and to consumers in the state of Chihuahua. The45-mile pipeline project, which includes 22 miles of pipe in theU.S. and 23 miles of pipe in Mexico, has a capacity of 212 MMcf/d.It is owned by a 50/50 partnership of El Paso affiliates and PemexGas Y Petroquimica Basica.

January 19, 1998

Chesapeake Buys 107 Bcfe of Reserves for $88 Million

Chesapeake Energy announced two new acquisitions for a total of $88 million and 107 Bcfe of proven reserves and future drilling opportunities, with the largest deal targeting potentially higher value Canadian resources.

January 19, 1998

El Paso Calls NGC Deal ‘Pro-Competitive,’ Blasts Protesters

The recent protests of El Paso Natural Gas shippers regarding Natural Gas Clearinghouse’s much tighter grip on westbound firm transportation capacity (1.3 Bcf/d) are just the cries of industry fat cats who would rather avoid increased competition on what they consider their home turf, El Paso told FERC last week (please see stories in NGI 1-12-98, p.1 and 11-10-97, p.1).

January 19, 1998

El Paso Continues Intra-day Noms Delay; GISB Sets Standards

As the Executive Committee of the Gas Industry Standards Board (GISB) recently ironed out most of the differences over one of the more contentious issues facing the industry – intra-day nomination standards – the year-long battle to implement procedures in El Paso Natural Gas’ tariff continued without an end in sight. El Paso had been expected to implement changes Nov. 1, 1997, at last giving its shippers several opportunities a day to nominate gas, correct nominations and schedule multiple (10) pool-to-pool transfers of gas. But the pipeline continues to push back its deadlines while changing its planned pooling provisions, which has angered shippers.

January 19, 1998

MMS Issues Final Rules on Deep Water Royalty Relief

The Minerals Management Service published final rules implementing provisions of the Deep Water Royalty Relief Act of 1995 in the Federal Register Jan. 16. The act mandates volumes of royalty-free production from fields in water depths exceeding 200 meters, both for new leases (after Nov. 28, 1996) and for existing leases if production from those existing leases would not be economic without royalty relief. The act, which was enacted Nov. 28, 1995, has led to a surge of activity along the Offshore Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico.

January 19, 1998

FERC Hears from Maine Residents Opposing LNG Facility

Attorneys for Granite State Gas Transmission and the Town of Wells squared off against each other last week at FERC over the merits of siting a controversial liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in the Maine community.

January 19, 1998

’97 Production Stats Start to Flow

While the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is bullish ongas production capacity, at least one analyst group holds a morereserved view. And 1997 year-end production data released last weekby two independents, while up, isn’t enough information to predictfuture production trends.

January 19, 1998

Enron Income Up for Quarter, Down for Year

EOG reported net income of $43.2 million, or 28 cents/share for Q4 1997, up from $35.1 million, or 22 cents/share, for Q4 1996. Net operating revenues totaled $238 million, up from $204.3 million in Q4 1996. Discretionary cash flow totaled $173.6 million, up from $153.2 million for Q4 1996.

January 19, 1998

Slower Growth Projected For U.S. E&P Spending

While the deep-water Gulf of Mexico continues to be a hot spot for E&P spending in the U.S., analysts are expecting a sharp slowdown in spending growth at most other domestic locations next year, a significant contrast to the record spending growth in the U.S. over the past two years. According to Salomon Smith Barney’s 16th annual survey of worldwide E&P expenditures, there will be a general shift toward greater spending overseas in 1998.

January 19, 1998