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  • Hilcorp only bidder - 06/25/2017 (Full story) Two standout results from state and federal Cook Inlet lease sales June 21 were Hilcorp Alaska LLC — the only bidder in the sales — picking up what is, for Cook Inlet, frontier exploration acreage, and the fact that the federal government offered, and received bids on, outer continental shelf acreag....

  • HD hot Prudhoe debate - 06/25/2017 (Full story) The Prudhoe Bay oil field, 40 years old this year, has been an incubator for new technologies that have helped reshape the world's oil industry. None were so far-reaching — or hotly debated at the time — as horizontal drilling. But there were others, too. Horizontal drilling was a radically new typ....

  • AGDC begins solicitation - 06/25/2017 (Full story) The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. began capacity solicitation for the Alaska LNG project June 15. AGDC President Keith Meyer told the organization's board that day that the capacity solicitation would help determine potential phasing of capacity or segments. The solicitation will run from June 15....

  • 40 years of North Slope oil flow - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) Prudhoe Bay and the trans-Alaska oil pipeline reached the 40-year mark June 20. Prudhoe, originally expected to produce some 9.6 billion barrels, has already produced more than 12.5 billion barrels, field operator BP said in a statement, making Prudhoe the most productive U.S. oil field of all time.....

  • Hilcorp planning new Ninilchik pad - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) Hilcorp Alaska LLC wants to a build a new drilling pad to support a one-well delineation program on private lands located just beyond the southern boundary of the Ninilchik unit. The local subsidiary of the Texas-based independent plans to drill and test a gas well at the Pearl pad at the coastal Co....

  • ASRC advancing Placer development - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) ASRC Exploration LLC is moving forward on a potential Placer unit development. The exploration arm of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. plans to spend the upcoming development year — running from September 2017 to September 2018 — completing a reservoir map using new and existing seismic data; negotiating....

  • Oooguruk unit drilling still on hold - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) Caelus Energy Alaska LLC expects to continue its suspension of drilling activities at the Oooguruk unit this year but is also easing back into development work. The local subsidiary of Texas-based Caelus Energy LLC is not planning any drilling activities at the North Slope unit over the coming year.....

  • Rauscher: Proceed carefully on HB 111 - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) Never let it be said that House Rep. George Rauscher gives up. The freshman lawmaker got into office on his third attempt, having beat incumbent Jim Colver last year. He lost his first attempt to Eric Feige in 2012, then came back to tie two-time House Resources co-chair Feige in 2014, but both tim....

  • A new understanding of the Cook Inlet - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) Access to seismic data and some continuing analysis of that data by geoscientists from Alaska's Divisions of Oil and Gas and Geological and Geophysical Surveys is leading to a new understanding of the structure of the west side of Alaska's Cook Inlet basin, DGGS geologist Robert Gillis told the Amer....


  • Alaska LLC surrenders North Slope leases - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) Alaska LLC surrendered 10 leases in May, according to a corrected state lease report. The small Fairbanks-based independent surrendered four leases - ADL 391715, ADL 391716, ADL 391717 and ADL 391740 - it held along the Canning River, in the eastern North Slope. The leases were set to expire at th....

  • Elf Aquitaine, not Eni - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) In a story in the June 18 issue we incorrectly identified the first company to attempt a commercial horizontal drilling well, in Europe, as Eni. It was Elf Aquitaine (now part of Total) that drilled the first well.....

  • Speaker name correction - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) In the June 18 issue of Petroleum News the article “A large gas prone sedimentary basin” incorrectly attributed a talk at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Pacific Section annual meeting about the Peters Hills basin to Richard Saltus. In fact the speaker was U.S. Geological Survey geo....

  • No substantial new information - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) The director of the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas has issued a decision of no substantial new information for the 2017 Beaufort Sea, North Slope and North Slope Foothills areawide lease sales. Comments were received on the terms and conditions of sales, on declines in the Central Arctic caribou he....

  • AOGCC OKs new Alpine pool boundaries - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved expansion and contraction of the geographic boundaries of the Alpine oil pool. Alpine is the largest producing area in the Colville River unit, which also includes satellites at Fiord, Nanuq and Qannik. Operator ConocoPhillips Alaska appl....

  • State expands Conoco's Colville River unit - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) The state has approved the seventh expansion of the Colville River unit. In a June 14 decision, Division of Oil and Gas Director Chantal Walsh agreed to a request from ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. to add approximately 240 acres to the unit. The expansion adds a single federal lease — AA 84140. The lea....

  • Alliance applies for unit at Hemi Springs - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) Alliance Exploration LLC has applied to the Alaska Division of Oi and Gas for formation of the Hemi Springs unit. The Carson City, Nevada-based company filed the application June 6; the division noticed it June 20; comments are due July 24. The division said the area proposed for the unit is three....

  • Doyon requesting Mustang pad storage - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) Doyon Remote Facilities & Services LLC wants permission to store camp equipment at a drilling pad at the Southern Miluveach unit to support an unidentified future program. The oilfield services company recently asked the state Division of Mining, Land and Water for a five-year authorization to tempo....

  • AOGCC releases two Qugruk well files - 06/25/2017 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has released public well files for the Qugruk No. 9 well and Qugruk No. 9A sidetrack drilled by Armstrong Oil & Gas Inc. Through its partner Repsol E&P USA Inc., Armstrong drilled the two exploration wells during its 2014-15 winter exploration campaign....

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