A natural gas well in northeastern British Columbia is producingas much as 100 MMcf/d, which would make it one of the top 10onshore discoveries in Canadian history, Murphy Oil Corp. reportedyesterday. The El Dorado, AR-based producer boosted its interest inthe play to 63% last November after acquiring Calgary’s Beau CanadaExploration Ltd. Houston-based partner Apache Corp. holds a 37%interest.
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Coral Power LLC will supply the natural gas and collect thepower output of a 900 MW generating station to be built andoperated by Tenaska Alabama II Partners L.P., a limited partnershipcomprised of affiliates of Tenaska Inc. The two companies announcedyesterday they had executed an energy conversion agreement for thefacility to be located near Billingsley, AL. Coral plans to marketthe power throughout the Southeast. It is the second of this typeof agreement between Coral and Tenaska. The first was signed inAugust, 1999 for an 845 MW Tenaska Gateway Generating Station inRusk County, TX. The initial financing process for the project willbegin early next year with construction slated to begin in thesummer of 2001 and be completed for summer 2003.
Southern Energy Inc. (SEI), one of Southern Co.’s mainsubsidiaries, named S. Marce Fuller its new CEO last week. Underthe leadership of the former CEO, Tom Boren, SEI reported $69million in second-quarter 1999 earnings, compared with $25 millionfor the same period last year. Now it is up to Fuller to continuehis success.