Petroleum

NPC Study Predicts 32% Gas Demand Increase

Members of the National Petroleum Council (NPC) overwhelminglyapproved a report last week by its natural gas committeeforecasting a 32% increase in gas demand over the next decade, andsaying the nation could get that gas for 40 to 50 cents less ifproducers are allowed to access currently restricted areas.

December 20, 1999

NPC Vows to Act on Gas Report Findings

Members of the National Petroleum Council (NPC) overwhelminglyapproved a report yesterday by its natural gas committeeforecasting a 32% increase in gas demand over the next decade.Titled “Meeting the Challenges of the Nation’s Growing Natural GasDemand,” the study will be used as a platform for member companiesto lobby for increased access to protected producing areas, morecomprehensive research and development projects and increasedfunding.

December 16, 1999

Occidental Grows Rights Near Elk Hills

Occidental Petroleum Corp. has purchased from Chevron deepexploration rights on 19,834 acres of land adjacent to its ElkHills holdings. Called the Buena Vista field, the Kern County, CA,property is seen by Oxy and some other producers as having hugepotential oil and gas reserves. Terms of the transaction were notdisclosed.

December 13, 1999

Occidental Grows Rights Near Elk Hills

Occidental Petroleum Corp. has purchased from Chevron deepexploration rights on 19,834 acres of land adjacent to its ElkHills holdings. Called the Buena Vista field, the Kern County, CA,property is seen by Oxy and some other producers as having hugepotential oil and gas reserves. Terms of the transaction were notdisclosed.

December 10, 1999

Jordan to Chair IPAA

Jerry D. Jordan, president of Ohio-based Jordan Energy Inc., waselected chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association ofAmerica (IPAA) during the association’s 70th annual meeting inDallas Nov. 6. He succeeds George Yates, 1997-1999 IPAA chairmanand president, Harvey E. Yates Co., Roswell, NM.

November 29, 1999

Phillips Results Up Sharply, GPM Still on Block

Much like the rest of the majors, Phillips Petroleum is back ontrack in terms of strong financial results with $221 million in netincome in the third quarter, up from $46 million for the sameperiod last year. But CEO Jim Mulva said the sale of its midstreamGPM business, and possible “joint venturing” of its chemicals,refining and marketing operations are still on. The GPM sale isexpected to take place before the end of the year.

October 29, 1999

Y2K is A-OK for Oil and Gas Industries

Using results from their latest Y2K survey as proof, the NaturalGas Council and the American Petroleum Institute (API) deemed theirworking group, formed to spur on Y2K readiness throughout the oiland gas industries, a success. With over two months to go, 93% ofthe oil and gas companies surveyed said their embedded systems areready for the Year 2000 and the rest expect to be done soon,leaders of the working group said at the National Press Club inWashington D.C. last week.

October 25, 1999

Y2K is A-Okay for Oil and Gas Industries

Using results from their latest Y2K survey as proof, the NaturalGas Council and the American Petroleum Institute (API) deemed theirworking group, formed to spur on Y2K readiness throughout the oiland gas industries, a success. With over two months to go, 93% ofthe oil and gas companies surveyed said their embedded systems areready for the Year 2000 and the rest expect to be done soon,leaders of the working group said at the National Press Club inWashington D.C. yesterday.

October 21, 1999

OXY Beats Earnings Expectations

Occidental Petroleum beat analysts’ third quarter earningsexpectations by a solid 10 cents/share. Higher gas and oil pricesand improved performance from its chemicals division produced netincome of $126 million ($0.35/share) for the third quarter, 232%higher than the $38 million ($0.10/share) posted in 3Q98. Earningsbefore special items were $125 million compared with only $3million in 3Q98.

October 20, 1999

Industry Briefs

Ingleside Cogeneration, L.P., a joint venture subsidiary ofOccidental Petroleum Corp. and Conoco, has completed a $200million, 440 MW cogeneration facility in South Texas. The plant hasstarted providing power for the adjacent OxyChem and DuPontchemical facilities, officials for the joint venture saidyesterday. In addition, enough excess electrical power will be soldinto the newly deregulated Texas grid for 75,000 homes andbusinesses.

October 15, 1999