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Amoco, Repsol Make LNG Deal

Amoco Corp. and Spain’s Repsol SA have made a proposal thatwould provide a guaranteed market for gas from Trinidad and Tobago,enabling the country to become one of the world’s top suppliers ofliquefied natural gas (LNG).

June 3, 1998

July Debuts By Retracing Some of June’s Losses

Thursdays have been a bearish trader’s best friend lately withthree of the last four featuring follow-through selling on theheels of some hefty storage refill estimates. However, yesterdaydid not follow true to form, as traders digested alarger-than-expected 92 Bcf American Gas Association storage refillestimate then managed to push July up 2.5 cents to settle at$2.071. In doing so, several traders remarked, July exhibitedJune-like characteristics marked by narrow trading ranges amidrelatively low volume. June looked to expire without much fussearlier in the week, then the bottom dropped out on the last day.It “looks as if that was more a case of people liquidatingpositions then anything,” a trader reasoned.

May 29, 1998

Peoples Gas Cutting Jobs

TECO Energy’s Peoples Gas unit is cutting up to 240 jobs due toits decision to discontinue the gas piping, appliance installationand repair business effective July 15.

May 20, 1998

Price Rout Has Suppliers Hollering ‘Mayday!’

May 1 is known as May Day, celebrated as a springtime festivalin some countries, according to Webster’s. But Friday must haveseemed like “Mayday” (international distress call) to many tradersas they watched cash prices crumble to levels that were virtuallyunimaginable last month. A few Gulf Coast points were sinking below$2 in widely ranging quotes.

May 4, 1998

Northwest Natural, NESI combine Canadian E&P

Northwest Natural Gas and NIPSCO subsidiary NI Energy Services(NESI) have combined Canadian exploration and productionsubsidiaries into one company, Canor Energy Ltd., to “ramp upgrowth prospects and increase competitiveness.” NW combinedsubsidiary Canor Energy with NESI’s Southlake Energy March 31through the purchase of Southlake’s stock in exchange for shares inCanor. The new Canor is 66% owned by NW Natural and 34% owned byNESI. The combined company has a production volume approaching4,000 boe/d. Natural gas equivalent reserves total more than 120Bcf.

April 16, 1998

Existing Fields Big Source of Reserve Additions, GRI Says

Most of the additions to natural gas and crude oil reservesduring the past decade have come from existing fields rather thanfrom new discoveries, and the trend is likely to continue well intothe future, according to a new study issued by the Gas ResearchInstitute (GRI) yesterday.

April 14, 1998

Futures Traders Score One For the Bulls

Brokers and speculators (at least some, anyway) may havebreathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday, as volatilityreturned to the New York Mercantile Exchange. The April contractfinally broke out of the tight $2.105-205 trading range that hadbeen containing its movements since March 6 by virtue of its 8.4cent rise to $2.239. Sources agreed the activity was led byanticipatory buying ahead of the release of the latest AGA storagereport. “It was more buy based on rumor today, but the rumor wasstrong enough to drive April above major resistance at $2.205,” oneof the sources told NGI.

March 19, 1998

West Flatness, East Softness Draws Basis Tight

Basis relationships have tightened by a remarkable degree inMarch, and Thursday’s continuing price strength in the West coupledwith drops of a nickel or so at points in the Gulf Coast,Midcontinent and Appalachia/Northeast brought the regions evencloser.

March 6, 1998

Transportation Notes

KN’s Bushton Plant will have a Lean Side Outage through March 5.Only the Lean Side Processing capabilities will be affected.

March 3, 1998

Nova, El Paso Finalize Chilean Pipeline Plans

El Paso Energy International announced final agreements havebeen signed by the partners of an international consortium to buildthe 325-mile Gasoducto del Pacifico pipeline from Argentina acrossthe Andes mountains into Chile, roughly 300 miles south ofSantiago. Construction on the $380 million project has alreadybegun and the pipeline is scheduled to be in service by late 1999.The initial delivery capacity of the system is estimated to be 140MMcf/d.

February 13, 1998
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