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  • CINGSA plans upgrades - 05/20/2018 (Full story) Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska LLC, or CINGSA, is concerned that its gas storage facility on the Kenai Peninsula is vulnerable to the failure of single item of equipment or of a storage well, a failure that would jeopardize the ability of the facility to support utility gas deliverability nee....

  • Mustang early start - 05/20/2018 (Full story) Alaska's Division of Oil and Gas has approved a plan filed by Brooks Range Petroleum Corp. to install a temporary production facility in the Mustang field, to allow some early oil production to start, potentially in late October of this year, before permanent production facilities go into operation.....

  • Pipeline factions dig in - 05/20/2018 (Full story) Warring factions are fast becoming more entrenched as the battle over the Trans Mountain pipeline project approaches a May 31 drop-deadline date set by Kinder Morgan. Other than Kinder Morgan, which says the protests present an “unquantifiable risk” to the project, the most key player is the Canadia....

  • PRA Cook Inlet gas forecast indicates more development needed - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) In response to a commission by Enstar Natural Gas Co., Petrotechnical Resources of Alaska has updated its 2012 assessment of Cook Inlet gas demand and supply. The revised assessment indicates that at current rates of gas well drilling, gas supplies will start to fall short of demand in 2021. In the....

  • State extends Great Bear leases in exchange for drilling commitments - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) Having applied for and been granted three-year extensions to a number of North Slope leases that had been due to expire on April 30, Great Bear Petroleum has decided to focus its future efforts on two blocks of leases: one straddling the Dalton Highway south of Prudhoe Bay and one south of the Colvi....

  • Governor's bonding play passes Legislature; suit has been filed - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Legislature wrapped its 2018 session in the early hours of May 13, including passage of the required operating and capital budgets and a bill authorizing use of earnings of the Permanent Fund for state government as well as for dividend payments. The Legislature earlier passed House Bill....

  • State approves, partially approves, 4 PODs - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas, has approved three Cook Inlet plans of development submitted by Hilcorp Alaska and partially approved a fourth. In May 14 decisions, the division approved the company's 2018 plans of development for the Granite Point unit, the Nor....

  • Scoping period, meetings for coastal plain - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) The federal Bureau of Land Management has set a scoping period of April 20 to June 19 for a coastal plain oil and gas leasing environmental impact statement to implement leasing on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The 2017 Tax Act requires at least two lease sales. BLM said....

  • BLM closes tundra travel season in NPR-A - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) On May 11 the federal Bureau of Land Management announced the closure of winter off-road tundra travel in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. As previously reported in Petroleum News, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources has already closed all Arctic state lands for off-road tundra travel —....

  • Nuka Research and Planning Group - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) The article titled “CIRCAC project assessing pipeline risk” in the May 13 issue of Petroleum News incorrectly identified the company that has contracted with the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council to conduct a Cook Inlet pipeline risk assessment as Nuna Research and Planning Group. The co....

  • Conoco files BLM application for Willow - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) ConocoPhillips has begun the application process with the federal Bureau of Land Management for development of its Willow discovery in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The company has requested that BLM begin the process to develop an environmental impact statement for a development at its Wil....

  • ISER estimates Liberty's economic impact - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) The University of Alaska Anchorage's Institute of Social and Economic Research has done an analysis of the economic impact of Hilcorp Alaska's proposed Liberty project, which would develop an estimated 120 million barrels of recoverable oil from a self-contained gravel island. The draft environment....

  • DEC makes improvements to spill drill program - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has announced improvements to its program for the oversight of oil spill response drills and has published a new manual for planning, conducting and evaluating oil spill response exercises. DEC requires entities that handle oil to maintain approved....

  • Curacao court OKs Conoco seizing assets - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) A court on the Dutch island of Curacao has authorized the local subsidiary of U.S. oil giant ConocoPhillips to seize $636 million worth of assets held on the island by Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA. The move comes as Houston-based Conoco seeks to recover $2 billion in a decadeold dispute ove....

  • ConocoPhillips Kuparuk recertified for VPP - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) ConocoPhillips Kuparuk has been renewed for the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Voluntary Protection Program at the “Star” level, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development said May 15. The VPP recognizes “exemplary safety and health programs,” the department said. “Employers w....

  • Draft climate policy out; feedback sought - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) A draft climate policy has been released by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. The work was done by the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team which began work in December. A joint statement from the governor and lieutenant governor released May 9 said: “The Alaskans who serve o....

  • RCA expectations for transmission meetings - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has issued an order inviting presentations at a series of commission public meetings designed to review the status of voluntary efforts towards a more unified approach to the management and operation of the Alaska Railbelt electricity transmission system. As previ....

  • UAF to test drone surveillance of TAPS - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks are partnering with Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. to test the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, for the surveillance of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. The project will involve flying drones beyond the pilot's line of sight. ....

  • Saltchuk Supports Junior Achievement of Alaska - 05/20/2018 (Login to read Full story) The Saltchuk family of companies recently announced that it has contributed $20,000 and staff time to Junior Achievement of Alaska. On May 15 at Kasuun Elementary in Anchorage, more than 20 business professionals teamed up with Saltchuk staff to teach K-6th graders business basics. The Junior Achiev....

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