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December 28, 2012
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  • Shell touts Ursa platform in Gulf
    Royal Dutch Shell touted its Ursa tension leg platform in the Gulf of Mexico, which in 2009 was selected by the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest structure in the world. The platform's visible structure measures about 400 feet, but when its mooring tendons are factored in, it measures about 4,285 feet. Conditions at the site and engineering expertise prompted Shell to secure the platform with tension legs. (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Noble addresses propulsion issues on drillship
    Noble Corp. is addressing propulsion system issues on its Discover drillship, which Royal Dutch Shell used for its Arctic exploration project. The issues were identified by the U.S. Coast Guard last month. An internal review determined "certain other potential regulatory non-compliance issues ... including possible unauthorized collected water discharges outside the period of drilling operations," Noble said. San Antonio Express-News (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Oil production boom prompts new transportation spending
    North America's energy production boom is prompting firms to set aside funding for pipelines and other infrastructure to transport oil and natural gas, observers say. Since the current U.S. pipeline network wasn't developed to accommodate the new production sites, companies are seeking innovative ways to move hydrocarbons, including through tanker trains and barges. "Now we have this tectonic shift where we can become an energy surplus nation. That means we have to transform, upgrade and rearrange our logistics," said Joseph Stanislaw, an independent senior energy adviser to Deloitte. The Wall Street Journal (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Colo. field is touted as main driver for U.S. oil production boom
    An oil field in Weld County, Colo., is being touted as one of the main drivers for the U.S. oil production boom. "We plan to invest over $8 billion over the next five years here, so we're really excited," said Mike Dickinson of Noble Energy, which is significantly raising its output in the county. The field yielded over 83,000 barrels of oil in 2008, but this year production is anticipated to reach nearly 10 million barrels. CBS MoneyWatch (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chevron announces 2 offshore natural gas finds in Australia
    Two of Chevron's wells off the Australian coast struck natural gas, the company announced. The wells intersected net gas pays of 196 feet and 150 feet. "These discoveries in the Exmouth area are significant as they are located farther out from other discoveries in the greater Gorgon and Wheatstone development in the Carnarvon basin and indicate development potential in the broader region," said Melody Meyer, president of the company's Asia Pacific Exploration and Production unit. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EPA chief to step down in January
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson will resign from her post after President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address next month. "So I will leave EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family, and new opportunities to make a difference," Jackson said. During her time as head of the EPA, energy producers questioned the agency's emissions-reduction efforts and its measures to increase ethanol levels in gasoline without fully understanding potential effects on engines. Oil & Gas Journal (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neb. regulator eyes January issuance of Keystone XL report
    Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman could receive a final review of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline from the state's Department of Environmental Quality as soon as next week, said Brian McManus, a spokesman for the department. "Right now it's looking like early January, but I still don't have a definitive date" on the issuance, he said, adding the report is "very extensive." Heineman is expected to clear the project, observers say. Platts (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What Can EN Do for You?
    Thanks to you and other passionate advocates across the country, Energy Nation sent thousands of letters to make our voices heard in the halls of Congress and in the White House this year. In 2013, we want to keep up the momentum. We'd love to learn more about the issues that interest you -- take a short survey to let us know. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • API Inspection Summit, Jan. 7 to 10, Galveston, Texas
    The American Petroleum Institute invites you to attend the API Inspection Summit & Expo in Galveston, Texas, at the Galveston Island Convention Center, Jan. 7 to 10. The summit will provide you an opportunity to hear about emerging trends from industry experts in topics such as inspection technologies/NDE/corrosion/engineering analysis/software. Eight panel discussions on timely industry issues are planned to enhance interaction with attendees. It is also the only networking event for inspectors in the industry and includes an exhibit hall with more than 60 companies displaying the latest in inspection services. The API Inspection Summit program will feature over 120 individual presentations, as well as a new feature for 2013 -- a one-day optional training component consisting of eight technical courses, providing in-depth education to attendees. View the draft program and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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