Gas Reliability Looking Good Compared to Electricity

The recent price spikes and generation outages in the Midwestpower market have opened the door wide for the natural gas industryto capture a greater share of the industrial energy market, says asenior economist.

August 6, 1998

Norcen Assets Support UPR’s 2Q

Despite a stinging second quarter net income loss of $17.3million, or $0.07 per share, compared to last year’s second quarternet income of $74 million, or $0.30 per share, Union PacificResources noted the addition of Norcen Energy assets helped pushdiscretionary cash flow up 20% ($56 million) to $332 million ($1.34per share). Producing property volumes increased to nearly 2.8Bcf/d, a 72% increase over the same period last year. The drop innet income was a result of lower commodity prices, higherexploration expenses and interest expense from the Norcenacquisition, UPR said. Included in the company’s second quarterresults were a pre-tax gain of $26 million on the sale of DJ Basinproperties, a settlement of gas supply agreements which addedpre-tax income of $30 million and an $11 million pre- tax gain on aforeign currency exchange.

July 28, 1998

Avista Moves Up in Marketing Rankings

Avista Energy said it’s quickly moving up in the gas and powermarketer rankings, increasing its power sales by 90% in the firstquarter of 1998 compared with the fourth quarter of last year andgrowing gas trading volumes by 42% over the same period.

May 29, 1998
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