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  • Armstrong rumors bunk - 07/16/2017 (Full story) Rumors about Armstrong and Repsol's plans for the Pikka unit development being slowed down are unsubstantiated. In fact, operator Armstrong is getting ready to file a permit for the Pikka 2 well, which will be drilled this winter in the southern tip of the Pikka unit a couple of miles from where the....

  • More Mustang funds - 07/16/2017 (Full story) During its June 29 meeting the board of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority passed a resolution approving an additional $2.5 million in funding assistance for Brooks Range Petroleum Corp.'s Mustang oil field development project on the North Slope. The funding, which comes from an....

  • Eni: exploration now - 07/16/2017 (Full story) Eni US Operating Co. Inc. is unlikely to resume development drilling at the Nikaitchuq unit until mid-2018, focusing instead on exploration and ongoing workovers activities. Earlier this year, the local subsidiary of the Italian major released and demobilized Nabors rig 245, which had been working a....

  • Go ahead on Nikaitchuq North plan - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) On July 12 the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved Eni US Operating Co.'s plan for exploratory drilling into the Nikaitchuq North prospect in the federal outer continental shelf of the Beaufort Sea. The plan involves the drilling of up to two exceptionally long extended reach wells north into....

  • ConocoPhillips mothballing LNG plant; no buyer for Kenai facility - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) In the coming fall ConocoPhillips plans to further scale back operations at the company's liquefied natural gas plant at Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula, company spokeswoman Amy Burnett told Petroleum News in a July 12 email. “The reduced operations will focus on continued preservation of the facilit....

  • Struggle for compromise continues - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) The House and Senate are still struggling to find a compromise on House Bill 111, oil taxes and credits, with the most agreement appearing to be on ending cash credits. The HB 111 conference committee met for two hours July 12, with two versions of the bill in play. The Senate has voted to take up....

  • Zinke seeks faster leasing, permitting - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) On July 6 Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued an order requiring the Bureau of Land Management to figure out how to meet statutory requirements to hold quarterly oil and gas lease sales and to speed up the permitting process for federal onshore lands. Zinke said that the Mineral Leasing Act....

  • Doyon planning fourth Nenana well - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) Doyon Limited is permitting a new exploration well in the Nenana region. The Alaska Native corporation recently applied for two permits from the Division of Mining, Land and Water in connection with a proposed Totchaket No. 1 exploration well. The company is asking for permission to store facilities....

  • MEA files its all-service rate case - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) In a move that signals its transition to a full-service electric utility that generates its own power, Matanuska Electric Association has filed a rate case with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. The utility has requested RCA approval for a 2.75 percent overall increase to base rates, with the imp....

  • Raven production at 940 bpd - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) An article in the July 9 edition of Petroleum News (“GPMA sees production bump”) incorrectly listed oil production for the Raven field for the year ending March 31. The field delivered 940 barrels of oil per day to the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Petroleum News regrets the error.....


  • June ANS production down 10% from May - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) Alaska North Slope crude oil production for June averaged 490,758 barrels per day, down 9.9 percent from a May average of 544,808 bpd, but down only 0.1 percent from a June 2016 average of 491,419 bpd. The largest per-barrel decline, 33,902 bpd, a drop of 11.3 percent, was at the BP Exploration (Ala....

  • Efficiency is key to new ML&P power plant - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) Having gone into operation in January, Municipal Light & Power's new Plant 2A power generation facility in north Anchorage is now in full use. The state-of-the-art, gas-fueled plant can produce electricity much more efficiently than the decades old equipment that it has replaced — it employs combine....

  • Alaska's first major field found in 1957 - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) The modern oil and natural gas industry in Alaska got its start when Richfield Oil Corp. discovered oil in the Cook Inlet basin near the Swanson River in the Kenai National Moose Range in 1957. Since that time Richfield has become ConocoPhillips and the moose range is now the Kenai National Wildlife....

  • Oil Patch Bits: PND Engineers announces professional achievements - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) PND Engineers Inc. said recently that it is pleased to announce the following professional achievements and new hire in its Anchorage office. Josh Gray and Daniel King recently obtained professional engineer registrations by the state of Alaska. Gray graduated from Montana State University in 2012....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Expro presented with 13th consecutive safety award - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) Leading international oilfield services company, Expro, has been presented with a fourth President's Award at Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2017 — building on 12 consecutive years of awards from this key industry organization. The company has be....

  • French named chair of AOGCC - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) Gov. Bill Walker has named Commissioner Hollis French to chair the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. French replaces Commissioner Cathy Foerster, who has been commission chair since 2012. The appointment was effective July 1. Commission terms are for six years and the governor designates....

  • Freeze protect fluid spill at Nuna pad - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) Caelus Natural Resources Alaska had a freeze protect fluid spill at the Nuna drill site, well NDST-2. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's Division of Spill Prevention and Response said in a July 11 situation report that the spill was discovered June 18 and reported that day. The r....

  • State finalizes CRU boundary changes - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Division of Oil and Gas formalized two recent administrative changes to the Colville River unit in June, according to the newest lease report from the agency. The first change shifted the boundaries of the Nanuq-Kuparuk participating area at the North Slope unit, and the second shifted th....

  • End of road for Alaska gas utility - 07/16/2017 (Login to read Full story) In a June 30 order the Regulatory Commission of Alaska revoked the certificate of public convenience and necessity issued to Alaska Intrastate Gas Co., a utility with plans to supply natural gas to 17 Alaska coastal communities. The Alaska Public Utilities Commission, RCA's predecessor agency, origi....

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