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Apache Corp. said operations have been completed at a well at Main Pass 295 in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico that had an uncontrolled flow of natural gas fluid flowing underneath. The operator detected the flow on Feb. 4 and activated a blowout preventer, but tests indicated that the hydrocarbon had migrated from the bottom of the 8,300-foot hole to a shallower sand formation 1,100 feet below the sea floor (see Daily GPI, Feb. 19). A relief rig was sent to the location in case a separate well had to be drilled. The bottom of the well has been plugged and cemented, and the gas migration has been stopped, Apache said. Management still is evaluating the next steps for the well, which is in 218 feet of water.

March 1, 2013

Canada’s NatGas Glut Squeezing Royalties

Over-abundant markets and fallen prices have gutted government natural gas royalties in both of Canada’s main producing provinces, Alberta and British Columbia (BC), according to disclosures by their treasury departments.

February 25, 2013

Canada’s Gas Glut Dries Up Royalties

Over-abundant markets and fallen prices have gutted government natural gas royalties in both of Canada’s main producing provinces, Alberta and British Columbia (BC), according to accounts disclosed by their treasury departments.

February 25, 2013

Main Pass Energy Hub Seeking LNG Export Authority

Main Pass Energy Hub (MPEH) LLC has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for authorization to export domestically sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from an existing facility 16 miles off the Louisiana Coast in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM).

September 24, 2012

Main Pass Energy Hub Seeking LNG Export Authority

Main Pass Energy Hub (MPEH) LLC has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for authorization to export domestically sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from an existing facility 16 miles off the Louisiana Coast in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM).

September 19, 2012

New Mexico Nears Decision on ‘Pit Rule’

New Mexico on Wednesday completed a string of hearings spread over four months on a request from the state’s two main energy industry groups that the “pit rule” be modified to make it more cost-effective.

August 31, 2012
Bakken Oil Producers Get New Rail Terminal Option

Bakken Oil Producers Get New Rail Terminal Option

Supply chain solutions company Savage has completed a terminal near Trenton, ND, with direct connection to BNSF Railway’s main line track, to gather crude oil from the Williston Basin and Bakken Shale and facilitate its transport to refinery markets.

August 30, 2012

Industry Briefs

The two main competitors to natural gas vehicles (NGV) in the transportation fuel sector — biodiesel and propane — received a boost from the California Energy Commission (CEC) earlier this month, with nearly $2 million in grants from the state alternative fuel production and vehicles fund, which has also given several million dollars to NGV programs this year. A Northern California-based firm, Yokayo Biofuels Inc., will get $1.86 million from the CEC to expand and upgrade its facilities. Production capacity is supposed to grow from 1,400 to 2,000 gallons/d, the CEC said. Yokayo uses an enzymatic process that is supposed to be environmentally cleaner and more efficient than current methods for producing biodiesel. The CEC also doled out $114,000 to Big Valley Ford Inc., a Ford dealer in Stockton, CA, for the state’s buy-down program allowing 19 propane gas-powered vehicles to be purchased with the grant helping to pay the difference between alternative fuel vehicles and conventional ones.

August 14, 2012

Talisman Exits Canadian Shale-Based GTL Project

Calgary-based Talisman Energy is abandoning a project it had considered with Sasol Canada to develop Canada’s first gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility to create transportation fuels from natural gas.

June 29, 2012

Industry Briefs

Hearings resumed Wednesday in New Mexico on a request from the state’s two main energy industry groups that the state’s “pit rule” be modified to make it more cost effective. An official with the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department indicated that additional hearings may be required by the Oil Conservation Commission (OCC). New Mexico’s Independent Petroleum Association (IPA) and Oil and Gas Association (OGA) have continued to seek administrative changes to state rules for handling natural gas and oil drilling production waste (see Daily GPI, May 22). Earlier, IPA and OGA representatives told the OCC that their costs are rising to comply with the pit rule, and ranchers expressed environmental concerns. After five days of testimony in May, the OCC was taking additional input and that was expected to require additional hearings beyond the one now scheduled for Friday (June 22). A final determination by the OCC will not come up until about a month after hearings are concluded, according to a state resources department official.

June 22, 2012
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