September 2009 Archives
Green Energy Jobs Czar Resigns, A Small Step In The Right Direction ... Denali Work Progresses in Canada
Wall Street Journal. Green Energy Jobs Extremist Resigns. * Sympatico, by CBC. Denali Canada is asking the Yukon Environment and Socio-economic Assessment Board for permission to drill test holes in the Johnson's Crossing-Teslin area. TransCanada Pipelines, and its subsidiary Foot Hills, claim to have exclusive rights to the pipeline right-of-way in the Yukon. Not so, said David MacDowell (NGP Photo), communications director for Denali Canada. Denali has made the soil-testing application in anticipation of a competing bid next year. He said Denali wants to use the Alaska Highway corridor as well, and they're starting with an application to the environmental assessment board to drill soil testing holes near Teslin. "We're going to be holding an open season in 2010," said MacDowell, indicating the firm will be trying to attract major customers in the United States who want to ship gas from the Alaska North Slope. * Calgary Herald. The Canadian government needs to muster the political will to ensure the $16.2-billion Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline is built, the Northwest Territories' energy minister said Tuesday. Bob McLeod, the territory's minister of industry, tourism and investment, said.... * Alaska Gas Pipeline Glogspot. What does this mean to projects like the Alaska Gas Pipeline? - Nothing directly other than we should take note of the ongoing current and future demands for gas to fuel extraction of oil from the Canadian tar sands. Oil extraction requires about 1 BTU of energy for every 6 BTU of oil produced. * Silobreaker, by CBC. Canada's northern premiers say a military presence in the Arctic is needed to ensure continued sovereignty over the region. ... "When it comes to Arctic sovereignty, a military presence is a prerequisite, so we certainly support that approach," Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie told reporters Saturday at the end of a two-day meeting in Iqaluit. ... Northwest Territories Premier Floyd Roland said the northern territories are taking a more prominent role in Canadian politics in what he sees as an important juncture in Canada's development. "Now we're at the table," said Roland. "We're the final piece of nation building for this country …. And the international interest in the North even puts more attention on that." * Oil and Gas Eurasia. Founded four years ago, Murmanshelf is the umbrella industry trade organization for oilfield service companies, geophysical exploration teams, logistics providers, subcontractors, and even the land construction companies that will be necessary to transform the Port of Murmansk into the principal supply base for Arctic oil and gas development in the Barents Sea and beyond. ... Murmanshelf was formed in 2005 as part of a broader cooperation agreement between the Murmansk Regional government and Statoil. “And it would not exist at all if not for the efforts of our former Murmansk Governor Yuri Yevdokimov,” Stratiy said. Yevdokimov, a member of the United Russia party, resigned as governor in March after he was criticized for having supported the election of an independent party candidate for mayor of Murmansk. He was replaced by the current governor, Dmitriy Dmitriyenko. But Stratiy and his deputy, Dmitriy Vyacheslavovich Maslov, are having no trouble working with the new administration as practical tasks and challenges just keep coming at them, starting with the development of the Shtokman field and ... * Alaska Examiner by Lawrence Wood comments on Governor's speech (our links in stories below).
Governor Parnell Hits The Ball Out of The Park - Southcentral Alaska Gas Issue Heats Up With Winter's Approach
Commentary on Governor Parnell's speech, yesterday: One of the joys of this gas pipeline webpage and Lower 48 consulting work, is observing informative speeches. I say, 'informative', because many convey information but few are actually so well prepared and presented and TIMELY that one looses track of time. This one was like an aesthetic experience (though political speeches are less likely to command such suspension of disbelief more commonly associated with nature, concert and spy novel experiences.) Yesterday's message from Alaska's new Governor, Sean Parnell (NGP Photo, 9-3-09), was such a message, though. More coming....
Related stories: Juneau Empire by Mary Pemberton. KTUU by Rhonda McBride. ADN by Sean Cockerham. Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday he's not going to negotiate with the oil companies over how much the state taxes natural gas until they unite behind a gas pipeline project and can prove they need the help in order for construction to start. ... Sitka Republican Sen. Bert Stedman, who has a lot of say on gasline issues as co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said Parnell is wrong on the viability of the TransCanada project. He said he doesn't see how it will come together. ... Conoco spokeswoman Natalie Lowman said her company and the other producers will be asked to make billions of dollars in commitments for the project. "The terms that affect those producers will remain the critical issues in moving this massive project forward...."
See Governor Parnell's speech here, soon. * Governor Lauds 9th Circuit ruling on the Beaufort Sea 2007 oil and gas lease sale.... * ADN, BP wraps up Nikiski GTL project. See our original, 2001reporting on the Nikiski project (NGP Photo: Shane O'Leary, BP's 2001 GTL program manager, Kenai GTL Project), and check out our GTL archives. * Richard Peterson (NGP 2001 Photo-r) for Alaska Standard: Is Gas To Liquids technology economic now?
Legislators Quiz Enstar on Southcentral Gas Supply - We'll editorialize later on Rep. Jay Ramras' energy positions.... - Other news from around the world...
The Alaska Standard posted our FERC story yesterday. * Petroleum News Alaska's Alan Baily reviews Southcentral gas shortage. * KTUU. "Enstar has contracted for all of our gas through 2010 and we don't expect there will be a problem," Mark Slaughter said. "But we were very close last year with deliverability and unless things change, with more production, more development, more drilling going on, there may not be enough gas being produced on the cold days." And those cold days could be much colder if natural gas supplies dip lower. Chugach Electric Association sent out a press release Tuesday saying the Regulatory Commission of Alaska approved a gas supply contract between ConcoPhillips and Chugach Electric. * Reuters - The Canadian government needs to muster the political will to ensure the C$16.2 billion ($14.7 billion) Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline is built, the Northwest Territories energy minister said on Tuesday. ADN. Don't look for BP to restart production from its troublesome Badami oil field anytime soon. BP told the state that it will submit an application to suspend operations and production at Badami for another year, until Aug. 31, 2010, according to Petroleum News. * The Alaska Dispatch reviews the oil and gas market. * The Philadelphia Inquirer (9/2) reports, “Gov. Rendell has, for the second time in a month, dropped one of his tax proposals aimed at helping to close the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit. Rendell said after meeting with industry officials that he would agree to delay his push to impose a tax on natural gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale. "It won't be in the mix this year," he said, adding that he would likely revive the proposal next year. * AFP (9/2) reports, “British energy giant BP has made a "giant" oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico after drilling one of the industry's deepest-ever wells, it said Wednesday, in a further boost for crude supplies. "BP announced today a giant oil discovery at its Tiber Prospect (well) in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, " the company said in a statement. "The Tiber well was drilled to a total depth of approximately 35,055 feet (10,685 metres) making it one of the deepest wells ever drilled by the oil and gas industry," it added.
Scandanavian Oil and Gas. In an article in Canada's Globe & Mail, native leaders hoping to be $8-billion partners in the Mackenzie Valley project via their Aboriginal Pipeline Group have expressed a high level of angst that the $16-billion effort will stall and not bring development to their poverty-hit northern First Nations communities.
“It all comes down to the almighty dollar, and when the producers see that they can make a good return, then things will happen,” the newspaper reported chairman of the aboriginal pipeline Fred Carmichael (NGP Photo) saying.
FERC ISSUES ALASKA REPORT CARD
National Post, by Don Martin. (Minister Jim Prentice, NGP Photo) is quick to stress that the park could not have been expanded without the partnership of the Deh Cho people, the same First Nation currently holding up the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline to ensure their environmental concerns are resolved. "The Nahanni is the Deh Cho's gift to Canada and it is Canada's gift to humanity," says Mr. Prentice. "They were very determined negotiators and their primary concern was always protection of the Nahanni watershed." Former grand chief Jim Antoine (NGP Photo), a key player in the park's expansion who acted as our expedition's spiritual leader, believes the park's successful expansion talks will help settle outstanding land claims and
environmental concerns. "It has been a very good partnership that has saved the watershed for my people and all Canadians," he says. "We hope this relationship will continue."
"Nahanni in 2009 is what Banff was in 1885," declares Parks Canada CEO Alan Latourelle. "A hundred years from now, people will look back at this expansion as Canadians and the Deh Cho partnering to create the jewel of our park system. "There's a sense of pride in the Nahanni, even though most Canadians will never visit it," he adds. "It's a real mystery to most, yet they feel a strong sense of attachment to the spirit of the place."