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COURT BACKS LDC BYPASS

January 8th, 1990
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.

WATCHING WASHINGTON WHAT'S AHEAD ON ENERGY ISSUES

January 8th, 1990
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."

JET PULSING MAY ALLOW BETTER HOLE CLEANING

January 8th, 1990
M. S. Bizanti Louisiana Tech University Ruston, La. Jet pulsing, intermittent nozzle flow, by sweeping drill particles across the bottom can improve cutting removal. During each rotation cycle, particles will be swept by the high peak velocities and stabilized during normal velocities. For intermittent nozzle flow, the smaller areas open to flow yield higher impact pressure, higher nozzle velocity, and high bit-hydraulic horsepower.

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

January 8th, 1990
SHELL U.K. LTD. and Esso U.K. Ltd. will upgrade their gas liquids processing and transportation facilities in Scotland following agreements to handle NGL from Amerada Hess's Ivanhoe and Rob Roy fields and Mobil North Sea's Beryl field in the U.K. North Sea. Planned are a new manifold and tie-in pipeline at St. Fergus gas plant and a 100 million ($160 million) expansion of Shell-Esso's Mossmorran fractionation plant in Fife.

FUEL PRICE BLUSTER LOOKS ABSURD

January 8th, 1990
They come out like sporting event "boo birds" when the home team falters. Oil and gas prices jump, and governors and attorneys general of some consuming states call news conferences, shake their fists, and demand investigations of the petroleum industry. It's their prerogative. They are government officials. But when prices rise for reasons apparent to anyone, the bluster looks absurd.

COMMENT HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS GIVING U.S. REFINERS COMPETITIVE BURDEN

January 8th, 1990
Clement B. Malin General Manager of Corporate Planning & Economics Texaco Inc. White Plains, N.Y. From testimony on developing a National Energy Strategy (NES) given at U.S. Department of Energy hearings last month in Atlanta. Energy is an integral and vital component of the economic strength and well-being of the U.S. Ours is a country richly endowed with energy resources. As a nation, however, we have not chosen to rely solely on domestic sources of energy supply, nor does it seem likely

SEVEN INDEPENDENTS FILE BIDS FOR COSTA RICAN FRONTIER BLOCKS

January 8th, 1990
Costa Rica has received bids from seven independent oil companies for offshore and onshore acreage under its first formal round of bidding for exploration acreage. The sparsely drilled nation received bids for exploration rights covering 11 blocks, mostly in its northeastern interior and coastal regions. Held Dec. 15, 1989, the bidding was the first since the government established Refinadora Costarricense de Petroleo SA (Recope) to coordinate hydrocarbon exploration, development, and refining

INDONESIAN OPERATORSHIP TO CHANGE HANDS

January 8th, 1990
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

OGJ NEWSLETTER

January 8th, 1990
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

CALCULATIONS ALLOW PROGRAM TO DESIGN PIPELINES FOR WAXY CRUDE

January 8th, 1990
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
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