Oil & Gas Journal News

Exxon Chemical Co. is pressing its petrochemical expansion program in Europe. The company confirmed plans for expansion of its Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon, France, steam cracker to 400,000 metric tons/year from 315,000 tons/year. Propylene capacity at the complex will rise by 50,000 tons/year to 270,000 tons/year. The company also plans to build a 140,000 ton/year polypropylene plant at the complex using feedstock from the cracker. Total spending at the site will be about $200 million.
T. F. Al-Fariss, S. E. M. Desouky King Saud University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Calculations have been derived which will permit writing of a computer program for design of a pipeline handling Newtonian, pseudoplastic, or yield-pseudoplastic crudes. Rheological characteristics of six types of Saudi waxy oils were measured with a Haake Rotovisco Model RV-11 rotational viscometer at 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, and 24C. The relative amount and molecular distribution of wax content in Saudi oils directly
A District of Columbia appeals court has upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a bypass agreement involving Williams Natural Gas Co. and Atlas Power Co. In 1987, Atlas built a pipeline connecting its Kansas nitrogen and explosives plants, the former served by Williams and the latter by Kansas Power & Light Co., with gas from Williams. Atlas then stopped using the KPL line.
The cold December in the U.S. sent heating fuels prices soaring and crude prices to the highest levels since the historic 1985-86 price crash (see story, p. 24). WTI futures for February delivery closed Jan. 3 at $23.68/bbl, up almost $2 on the week. That is the highest since mid-January 1986, when prices were plummeting to about $10/bbl from more than $30/bbl. WTI postings followed to $22.50/bbl, up $1.50 last week. Heating oil futures climbed 20 on the week to $1.02/gal Dec. 29, the last
Roy M. Huffington Inc., Houston, will transfer management responsibilities for its East Kalimantan, Indonesia, oil and gas joint venture to two of its joint venture partners, Union Texas Petroleum Holdings Inc. and Ultramar plc. Virginia Indonesia Co., an affiliate of Union Texas and Ultramar, is expected to offer comparable employment to Huffington personnel, which number about 2,200 persons, including more than 1,900 Indonesians. The companies are negotiating a definitive agreement, and the
with Patrick Crow Although no giant issues loom, 1990 should keep the oil industry's Washington lobbyists busy enough. Congress will return from recess Jan. 23 and will hear President Bush's State of the Union address a week later. You can bet the president's follow-up budget proposals will contain no new taxes but many new "user fees."
TANKER LOUISIANA, owned by Panhandle Eastern Corp., offloads cargo of Algerian liquefied natural gas at Trunkline LNG Co.'s regasification terminal in Lake Charles, La. Deliveries of Algerian LNG to Trunkline, a Panhandle Eastern subsidiary, resumed last month (OGJ, Jan. 1, p. 19). Copyright 1990 Oil & Gas Journal. All Rights Reserved.
with Roger Vielvoye from London The booming economies of the countries around the Pacific Rim are the next target for expansionist downstream affiliates of state oil companies of the Middle East. After breaking into the established but slowly growing U.S. and European markets, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have embarked on a much more demanding task: gaining entry to the highly protected Japanese downstream business.
PLAINS PETROLEUM CO., Lakewood, Colo., plans further seismic work to define step-out locations to its Minnelusa strike in the Powder River basin in Crook County, Wyo. MRA-Plains 31-28 Federal gauged 630 b/d of 21.7 gravity oil with no water from pay at 7,018-52 ft. Plains and McAdams, Roux & Associates Inc., Denver, each has a 50% working interest in the discovery and jointly own or control about 400 acres in the immediate area.
A Santos Ltd. partnership plans to begin producing a Southwest Queensland oil discovery in February. The 1 Bowen, drilled on the Naccowlah block of the ATP 259P license area, flowed 3,400 b/d of 44 gravity oil through a 1/2 in. choke on drillstem test of Jurassic Adori sandstone at 5,4845,514 ft. Oil shows also were present in Jurassic Hutton and Westbourne sands, which will be evaluated by testing before the well is cased and completed.

Power Engineering News

Entergy (NYSE: ETR) said it expects to cut staff after the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shuts down.

Clean up work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico has reportedly been given to another group amid a shakeup at the lab.

Two more nuclear units have gone offline during the fall refueling season - the Exelon (NYSE:EXC) Byron 2 facility in Illinois and the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) Cooper plant in Nebraska.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a notice in the Sept. 27 Pennsylvania Bulletin that it plans to issue an air permit change allowing gas firing at PPL Corp.'s (NYSE: PPL) Brunner Island coal-fired plant.

AllEarth Renewables and Claire Solar Partners have successfully completed a 2.2-MW solar tracker farm in South Burlington, Vermont, making it the largest site in North America to utilize distributed inverters and dual-axis trackers.

Westinghouse Electric said it refilled court papers challenging a nuclear contract between South Africa and France-based Areva.

Exelon Generation (NYSE: EXC) is planning to build two combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) units in Texas utilizing a new General Electric (NYSE: GE) technology, making the projects among the cleanest, most efficient CCGTs in the nation.

GE (NYSE: GE) introduced the latest in membrane-based wastewater treatment technology, combining anaerobic digestion technology with its ZeeWeed 500 membranes, resulting in the anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR).

Toshiba Corp. has concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) on a partnership that will expand the geothermal portfolio in Ethiopia.