Oil & Gas Journal News

The US Department of Energy wants to mobilize federal government, oil and gas industry, university, and other research to address subsurface engineering challenges, particularly controlling fracture propagation and fluid flow, officials said at the first of several projected discussions.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., BP PLC, ConocoPhillips, and Royal Dutch Shell PLC have signed an agreement with FMC Technologies Inc. to jointly develop next-generation standardized subsea production equipment and systems for producing oil and gas from deepwater high-pressure, high-temperature reservoirs.

Sadara Chemical Co., a joint venture of Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical Co., has let a contract to Rolta India Ltd., Mumbai, to implement a comprehensive engineering information system (EIS) within Sadara’s grassroots Jubail integrated chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City II, in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province.

Tallgrass Energy Partners LP (TEP) has been offered the right to purchase 33.3% interest in Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline LLC by Tallgrass Development LP for $600 million.

Crude oil futures prices climbed on the New York and London markets July 21 upon the likelihood that the European Union might impose tighter sanctions against Russian businesses in response to suspicions that pro-Russia separatists contributed to the crash of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.

Tesoro Corp. is planning a petrochemical feedstock project that will utilize production from its US West Coast refining operations to enhance xylene recovery at its 120,000-b/d Anacortes, Wash., refinery about 70 miles north of Seattle.

Partners in the Alaska LNG project marked another milestone after reporting the filing of an application with the US Department of Energy for the export of as much as 20 million tonnes/year of LNG for 30 years to countries that have existing free-trade agreements with the US, as well as to non-FTA countries.

Monroe Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines Inc., has entered into a 5-year agreement with midstream logistics provider Bridger LLC, Addison, Tex., to supply 65,000 b/d of US crude oil to Delta’s 185,000-b/d refinery in Trainer, Pa.

Chevron Corp. subsidiary Chevron USA Inc. reported the start of commercial base oil production from a newly constructed facility with a design capacity of 25,000 b/d at the company’s 330,000-b/cd Pascagoula, Miss., refinery.

Lundin Petroleum AB reported its Gohta appraisal well 7120/1-4s drilled in PL492 in the Barents Sea offshore Norway encountered 10 m of Upper Permian limestone conglomerate with good reservoir properties overlying fractured limestones of limited reservoir quality.

Power Engineering News

A three-judge panel of the Illinois Appellate Court ruled that utilities can be required to impose a surcharge on customers’ bills to help pay for the $1.7 billion FutureGen 2.0 power plant.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a confirmatory order to Entergy Nuclear (NYSE: ETR) in regards to corrective actions taken at the Palisades nuclear power plant in Michigan.

Andalay Solar Inc., a manufacturer of integrated solar power systems, announced that it has supplied solar panels for a solar initiative lead by DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) and Washington, D.C.-based contractors, including WDC Solar Inc.

Egypt said it plans to hold a tender by the end of 2014 for its first nuclear power plant.

Nuclear capacity in India is expected to almost triple to 17,080-MW by 2024.

The Innu First Nations of Mashteuiatsh, Essipit and Pessamit, along with EDF EN Canada, signed a 20-year agreement for the Rivière-du-Moulin Wind Project in Quebec, Canada.

Alterra Power Corp. (TSX: AXY) restarted full operations July 18 at the Dokie 1 wind farm in Vancouver, British Columbia after a forest fire threatened the plant.

Russia’s Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Plant is set to be home to three fast-breeder nuclear reactors by 2030.

Tecogen Inc. (Nasdaq: TGEN) sold several combined heat & power (CHP) systems to a group of public schools in New Jersey and Long Island, New York.

SunEdison Inc. (NYSE:SUNE) has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA).