Oil & Gas Journal News

Mary Trost has been named plant manager at Dakota Prairie Refining, Dickinson, ND, a joint venture planning to start up a 20,000 b/d diesel refinery soon.

The Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) has appointed Connie Parenteau as its president.

Kosmos Energy Ltd., Dallas, reported that the Tortue-1 exploration well, drilled on Block C-8 offshore Mauritania, intersected 351 ft of net hydrocarbon pay in the primary Lower Cenomanian objective, based on preliminary analysis of drilling results and intermediate logging to a depth of 4,630 m.

Colorado state officials joined the states of Wyoming and North Dakota in a lawsuit questioning the US Bureau of Land Management’s new rules for hydraulic fracturing for onshore drilling on tribal and federal public lands.

JSC Gazprom Neft has completed installation of major equipment related to the reconstruction and modernization of the primary crude oil distillation unit at its 21.4 million-tonne/year Omsk refinery in Western Siberia, Russia.

Activism has usurped science in the politics of climate change to the extent that its unhinged polemic discredits itself.

Supporters of ending routine natural gas flaring met Apr. 17 at headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, DC, to launch the "Zero Routine Flaring by 2030" initiative.

Crude oil futures settled moderately lower Apr. 24 on the New York market while Brent crude futures on the London market set a fresh high for the year with the Apr. 24 settlement.

ConocoPhillips Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ryan Lance told IHS CERAWeek that ConocoPhillips is prepared for oil-price swings going forward, and it has positioned itself to ramp up its core US unconventional investments when it appears feasible.

The plunge in crude oil prices eroded North American oil and gas companies' earnings in the last quarter of 2014.

Power Engineering News

American Electric Power Service Corp., on behalf of various other American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) subsidiaries, told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 24 that the commission must keep a lot of factors in mind, mainly grid reliability, in responding to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

HUGHES, Miss. (AP) - A location has been selected for a pilot solar project in DeSoto County.

The 1,268-MW Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Ohio returned to service following a shut down for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.

Dominion Virginia Power, a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), put plans to build an offshore wind project on hold.

The SEFA Group Inc. recently opened a stand-alone Staged Turbulent Air Reactor (STAR) facility in Georgetown, S.C., at the Santee Cooper Winyah Generation Station.

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) has secured a deal with New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to work on energy storage projects at its energy and ocean technology park on the Big Island.

E.ON and GE's (NYSE: GE) Energy Financial Services celebrated the opening of the Grandview Wind Farm in the Texas Panhandle, 30 miles east of Amarillo.

Federal officials are moving to speed up their review of wind power projects across the Upper Great Plains in anticipation that the industry will continue growing, a situation that's alarmed wildlife advocates who say many bird and bat species are being put at risk as wind turbines proliferate.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has acquired the 78-MW Black Oak Getty wind project — in Stearns County, Minn — from Geronimo Energy.

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), is partnering with two solar businesses and the U.S. Navy to build utility-scale solar power farms at two locations.