Petroleum

CAPP, TransCanada Agree on New Nova Tolling System

A new gas tolling agreement between TransCanada PipeLines andthe Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) soon mayreplace Nova Gas Transmission’s 19-year-old, postage-stamp pricingsystem with a formula based on distance- and the diameter of thepipe used for transportation. A memorandum of understanding (MOU),signed by CAPP and TransCanada, marks the culmination of asettlement process started when the Canadian gas industry signed apeace accord last April, which also assured construction of theAlliance Pipeline and approval of the TransCanada-Nova merger.

March 25, 1999

BP Amoco Cutting 3,000 More Jobs

BP Amoco added another 3,000 to the heap of 7,000 job cutsalready announced in the wake of the merger of British Petroleumand Amoco and in the midst of depressed oil and gas prices. Thenewest job cuts will be worldwide, and it is not yet known how manywill be in the United States. Last week the company also announcedreplacement cost operating profit for 1998 of $6,437 million, off39% from $10,583 in 1997.

February 22, 1999

Anadarko to Build New HQ

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., an independent oil and gas company,announced Wednesday it has purchased 7.5 acres in a Houston suburbin order to build a 32-story, 800,000 square foot headquartersbuilding. The company said it needs to move to accommodate itsgrowth needs. Groundbreaking is expected early next year. Anadarkoplans to move in mid-2002.

February 11, 1999

DOI Secretary Babbit Relaxes Stripper Well Rules

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) praisedthe action of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit in allowing marginaloil well operators producing on public lands to suspend operationsfor up to two years without losing their leases. The announcementcame Thursday on the heels of the release of an IPAA survey showinghistorically low oil prices have increased the number of shut-insand the industry unemployment rate.

February 8, 1999

DOI Relaxes Stripper Well Rules

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) praisedthe action of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit in allowing marginaloil well operators producing on public lands to suspend operationsfor up to two years without losing their leases. The announcementcame Thursday on the heels of the release of an IPAA survey showinghistorically low oil prices have increased the number of shut-insand the industry unemployment rate.

February 8, 1999

Rig Count Plummets, IPAA Frets

Record low rig counts are a sure sign of an energy industry incrisis, according to the Independent Petroleum Association ofAmerica (IPAA). The Baker Hughes rotary rig count dated Jan. 22 forNorth America was at 942, a steep drop from the count one year agoof 1,508.

January 26, 1999

Facing Low Prices, Phillips Cuts Jobs, Spending

Low commodity prices have driven Bartlesville, OK-based PhillipsPetroleum Co. to cut 1,400 jobs and costs and increase availablecash flow in 1999. “We don’t anticipate margin improvements in thenear term, therefore we are adjusting our plans accordingly,” saidCEO Wayne Allen. “The changes will impact our level of operatingcosts, staffing requirements and capital spending. We are takingthese steps to improve our financial performance and create valuefor our shareholders.”

January 7, 1999

NGSA, CAPP to Sponsor Joint Conference

The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) and the CanadianAssociation of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) will sponsor a majorconference later this month to review the status of North Americangas supply and demand.

January 6, 1999

NYMEX, London Exchange Discuss Merger

The International Petroleum Exchange (IPE), based in London,accepted an offer from NYMEX last week to look into a possiblemerger, which would create a “single global energy exchange.” Anagreement to join the exchanges would affect companies which sellcommodities internationally in both markets. The domestic gasmarkets in both countries, however, would see little impact.

November 23, 1998

Occidental Cutting 80 Jobs

Occidental Petroleum Corp. said it will cut about 80 jobs fromits headquarters staff and transfer about 150 positions to arecently formed subsidiary as part of a broad cost-cutting plan.The move, which reduces headquarters staff by more than half,follows the announcement in September that the company wouldeliminate 210 jobs at its Bakersfield, CA-based oil and gasdrilling subsidiary.

November 4, 1998