The proposed Southern Trails Pipeline from the Paradox Basin ofNew Mexico to Long Beach, CA, could be delayed three to six monthsbecause of additional environmental assessment work underway aspart the federal and state regulatory processes, according to aSalt Lake City-based spokesperson for Questar Corp., which boughtthe pipeline for $40 million last year from ARCO. Nevertheless, theconverted 700-mile pipeline should be bringing 120 to 130 MMcf/d ofgas into California by the end of next year at the latest.
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Looking to spread its presence in the Gulf of Mexico, OceanEnergy Inc. (OEI) entered into a drilling agreement with DukeEnergy Hydrocarbons, LLC to jointly develop 13 OEI drillingprospects in the outer continental shelf. The Duke subsidiaryagreed to participate with up to 50% non-operating working interestin the program. The two companies anticipate drilling costs willexceed $40 million for the rest of 1999.
The Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service hasscheduled a meeting in Houston to discuss implementation of itsGulf of Mexico Royalty In-Kind pilot program, which is slated tobegin in October. The three-year program will involve thecollection and sale of as much as 800 MMcf/d of royalty gas fromfederal leases in the Gulf. It is the MMS’s third RIK pilot, all ofwhich are being conducted to determine the feasibility andeconomics of accepting royalties in kind rather that as a cashpayment from lessees. The meeting on the Gulf RIK will begin at 10a.m. on July 20 at the MMS Houston Compliance Division Office RM104, 4141 Sam Houston Parkway East. It is open to the publicwithout reservation. Lessees, operators, payers and potentialpurchasers are encouraged to attend.
While Coastal Corp. and Williams-Transco compete to build aTrans-Gulf of Mexico pipeline from Alabama to Florida, they may beable to count on little opposition from environmentalists. However,they should at least expect them to kibitz.
While Coastal Corp. and Williams-Transco compete to build a Trans-Gulf of Mexico pipeline from Alabama to Florida, they may be able to count on little opposition from environmentalists. However, they should at least expect them to kibitz.
Avista Power said Tuesday it purchased a 20-acre site inLordsburg, NM from TNP Technologies and plans to put a $70 millionpower plant into service on the acreage by early 2000. The terms ofthe sale were not disclosed. The land contains four oldergenerators, which were in the process of being updated. All permitsand licenses will transfer to Avista Power and the transaction isexpected to close within 60 days.
Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 172, held Wednesday in NewOrleans, garnered nearly $171.62 million in high bids out of$199.64 million in total bids. Of 3,806 blocks offered, 207received bids. There were 272 bids with an average of 1.31 bids perblock and 67 companies participating.