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  • Bond regs questioned - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) Sara Longan, deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, has written to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, asking the commission to reconsider new regulations that the commission recently issued for the surety bonding of Alaska oil and gas wells. DNR is worried th....

  • KLU gas output climbs - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) The Spartan 151 jack-up rig cantilevered over the Julius R. platform in the Kitchen Lights gas field in Cook Furie Operating Alaska's natural gas production from the offshore Kitchen Lights unit continues to increase, per the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Natural gas output from the Co....

  • Taking the plunge - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) Alberta's Energy Minister Sonya Savage is getting a baptism of fire as she decides whether the newly installed government of Premier Jason Kenney should proceed with leasing rail tanker cars at a cost of about C$3.7 billion. In her favor is a master of laws degree and a highly acclaimed record of em....

  • Oil patch insider: Wolfpack offers mineral rights; Report focus on eastern Slope; 88E updates asset activity - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) Wolfpack Land Co. of Houston, Texas is offering 4,761 onshore acres of prime mineral interest ownership near Kenai, Alaska in the Cook Inlet basin for oil and gas leasing. In the Beaver Loop Road area the company has listed approximately 3,116.49 acres, broken up into three parcels. The first parcel....

  • Only 3 tracts draw bids at state's Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) The state received only three bids at its 2019 Cook Inlet areawide oil and gas lease sale, all three from Hilcorp Alaska, and no bids in the Alaska Peninsula sale. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas opened bids May 22 in Anchorage. Hilcorp appeared to be filling in....

  • AGDC advances work toward FERC permits - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board met May 22 in Anchorage and heard an update on the work the corporation is doing to obtain permitting for the project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other agencies, but there was little discussion in the public portion of the meeting of t....

  • Questions raised over Railbelt transco - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) In a May 20 order, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska accepted some corrections to an application from Alaska Railbelt Transmission LLC, or ART, for a certificate of public convenience and necessity as a transmission company, or transco, for the Alaska Railbelt electricity transmission system. The....

  • Stirring Canada's pot in Parliament - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) Two bills before the Canadian Parliament that petroleum leaders have warned are “critical” to their industry's future now face a head-on collision with the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Both have gone through an unusually bumpy ride in the Senate, an appointed body that serves as the....

  • Draft Fairbanks air quality plan & regs - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) As part of actions designed to address serious air quality problems within Fairbanks North Star Borough, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has published a draft version of a new plan for the borough's air quality nonattainment area. The agency has also published draft revisions to....

  • Corps publishes draft Nome port study - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) On May 8 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a draft report on the results of a feasibility study into the expansion of the Port of Nome, and an environmental assessment of the potential port expansion. The Corps has recommended an option involving extending the port's west causeway by 3,484....

  • A need for more US Arctic involvement - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) The commissioning of a new heavy polar icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard will form a vital component of the United States' future engagement in the Arctic region. But the country has been falling behind other nations, in particular Russia and China, in making moves to exert its influence and prese....

  • BP plans updated waste disposal facility - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) BP Exploration (Alaska) has applied to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas for construction of a new gravel pad and installation of an updated Class I waste disposal facility between Drill Site 4 and the Fire Training Area in the Prudhoe Bay Unit. Permits will also be....

  • Hilcorp plans additional Milne Ugnu wells - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas has approved an amendment to Hilcorp Alaska's Milne Point unit plan of development, approved by the division late last year (see story in Feb. 10 issue of Petroleum News). Hilcorp applied May 7 to drill six new development wells, o....

  • US drilling rig count drops 1 to 987 - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) The number of rigs drilling for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by one the week ending May 17 to 987. A year ago, the count was 1,046 active rigs. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported that 802 rigs targeted oil (down three from the previous week) and 185 targeted natural....

  • IGU issues RFPs for LNG plant expansion - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) Fairbanks based Interior Gas Utility has issued a series of requests for proposals for various aspects of the planned expansion of liquefied natural gas supplies to Interior Alaska. The RFPs revolve around a planned two-phase expansion of IGU's Titan LNG plant, near Point Mackenzie on Cook Inlet. I....

  • Hilcorp to use jack-up at Granite Point - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) Hilcorp Alaska plans to use the Spartan 151, or a similar jack-up rig, to drill as many as four sidetrack wells from existing wellbores at the Granite Point Platform. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas said in an approval of the unit plan of operations dated May 16 t....

  • OPEC continues balanced market commitment - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) Following a May 19 meeting of the ministerial committee overseeing OPEC's oil production agreement, the committee reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining a balanced oil market, with sustainable market stability. Partners to a December 2016 agreement on production cuts have been adapting to changes....


  • Commingling approved at Granite Point - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved commingling of production, revised pool definitions for the Granite Point Middle Kenai Oil Pool and defined a new Granite Point Hemlock Oil Pool at Hilcorp Alaska's Cook Inlet Granite Point unit. In a May 20 order, the commission said reta....

  • New study: exploration targets by play - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Department of Natural Resources' Division Oil and Gas recently released a tool for North Slope explorers — a map and database of exploration drilling targets categorized by play type. The study, which was derived from public sources, includes 548 exploration wells onshore the North Slope....

  • Oil patch bits: Doyon announces Tanya Kaquatosh as Sr. VP of administration - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) Tanya Kaquatosh has been named the new senior vice president of administration for Doyon Ltd., the regional Native corporation for Interior Alaska. Kaquatosh is a seasoned professional who has worked for the Doyon family of companies for the last 10 years. Kaquatosh comes to Doyon from Doyon Utilit....

  • The Explorers 2019: North Slope, Cook Inlet exploration continues to pick up - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) To accommodate our production calendar, The Explorers is written during the first few months of the year, which also happens to be the period of heaviest exploration activity in Alaska, especially on the North Slope. This means new information is coming in as we send the magazine to production betwe....

  • The Explorers 2019: Alaska poised for oil renaissance - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) Alaska's oil industry in 2019 is poised at the brink of a renaissance. New discoveries, enhanced opportunities in known fields and innovations in technology are prompting new interest from global players, renewing the promise that Alaska will resume its role as a significant player in world oil mark....

  • The Explorers 2019: 88 Energy looks to drill North Slope Icewine wells - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) The busiest of 88 Energy Alaska Inc.'s subsidiaries during the North Slope's winter off-road drilling season of 2018-19 was Captivate Energy Alaska Inc. with the drilling of the Winx 1 exploration well. The focus in the coming year, spring 2019 through spring 2020, will likely be a different 88 Ener....

  • The Explorers 2019: Placer unit moves closer to development - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) ASRC Exploration completed its first operated exploration well in Alaska in early 2016, when it drilled the Placer No. 3 well. That same year AEX took over operatorship of the undeveloped Placer unit, which has two other wells drilled by former operator ConocoPhillips and is adjacent to the Kuparuk....

  • The Explorers 2019: BlueCrest advances exploration, development of Cosmopolitan - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) BlueCrest Alaska Operating LLC is methodically advancing both exploration and development at its four-lease Cosmopolitan offshore unit in Cook Inlet. The local subsidiary of the Texas-based independent brought the offshore Cook Inlet unit into production in early 2016, after becoming operator in 201....

  • The Explorers 2019: BP re-exploring Prudhoe Bay - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) BP Exploration Alaska is setting the stage to comb the Greater Prudhoe Bay area for smaller oil pools it can target with advanced drilling techniques over the next decade or so, with an eye on adding new production in the 42-year-old field. The key to the effort is a massive 3-D seismic survey Prudh....

  • The Explorers 2019: ConocoPhillips boosts Alaska capex - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) ConocoPhillips said it planned to drill six to eight exploration and appraisal wells on Alaska's North Slope toward the end of 2018 and in the first few months of 2019. Having recently discovered approximately 1 billion barrels of light, sweet oil west of the central Slope and into the National Petr....

  • The Explorers 2019: More wildcats possible in Eni's North Slope future - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) After an 11-year hiatus Eni US Operating Co. returned to Alaska exploration in late December 2017 with the spudding of the first of two ultra-extended reach wells from a man-made Beaufort Sea island in the Nikaitchuq unit. The prospect is adjacent to, and directly north of, the Nikaitchuq unit. The....

  • The Explorers 2019: Development Furie's focus at Kitchen Lights - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) With the seventh plan of development for its offshore Kitchen Lights unit not due until October 2019, Furie Operating Alaska has offered only a glimpse of its exploration plans for the gas producing Cook Inlet field beyond that time. It is certain, however, that the Texas-based independent exceeded....

  • The Explorers 2019: Resounding success at North Slope Badami well - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) Glacier Oil & Gas Corp. spent most of 2016 through 2018 methodically performing maintenance and well work at its four producing Alaska oil and gas units, as well as executing one of two exploration programs that might guide work in the years to come. The company's 2018 capital budget for Alaska was....

  • The Explorers 2019: Hilcorp aims to drill in lower Cook Inlet - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) Prior to the 2011 entry of Hilcorp Energy into Alaska, the Cook Inlet basin's onshore and offshore oil production had declined to 8,900 barrels per day. At the same time, natural gas reserves were projected to soon be insufficient to meet continued local utility demand and aging platform infrastruct....

  • The Explorers 2019: Jade cuts deal with Point Thomson owners to drill Sourdough - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) For years industry observers saw production at the untapped Sourdough oil discovery on state land next to the border of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as key to opening ANWR's 1002 area to oil and gas exploration and development because geologists thought the Sourdough oil pool ran under the bo....

  • The Explorers 2019: Oil Search leads North Slope renaissance - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) The biggest news to come out of Oil Search just prior to this edition of Explorers magazine going into production on April 4, 2019, was a final flow rate potential estimate of 3,800 barrels per day for the newly drilled Pikka B well and sidetrack. Oil Search said Pikka B/Pikka B ST1, its first of tw....

  • The Explorers 2019: Pantheon discovers oil at Alkaid - 05/26/2019 (Login to read Full story) On April 2, 2019, Pantheon Resources Plc said flow testing in the Alkaid No. 1 well has confirmed a new Brookian light oil discovery just west of the Dalton Highway and south of the Prudhoe Bay unit on Alaska's North Slope. The company is applying to the state for permission to suspend and freeze-pr....

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