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6-16-14 Brooks Range Petroleum's Alaska North Slope Progress!

16 June 2014 9:41am

Globe & Mail: The Harper government is set to announce a key decision on Enbridge Inc.’s politically charged Northern Gateway project.... (Shawn McCarthy)

Leader-Post: "...high capital costs of building liquefied natural gas plants on British Columbia’s coast...." (Derrick Penner)


Tim Bradner, GTL, Plan B, Plan A, Alaska North Slope, Gas Pipeline, Photo by Dave HarbourADN Commentary by Tim Bradner (NGP Photo):  "...the 'GTL' option may be another way to commercialize stranded gas on the North Slope."


Today's Consumer Energy Alliance News Links


Brooks Range Plans Mustang Development Production Within Two Years 

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Dave Harbour

​Since accuracy of our archives has been our constant goal for over a decade, we invite factual additions/corrections to any of our reports or commentaries.  -dh

AAron Weddle, Commonwealth North, Mustang, Brooks Range Oil, Photo By Dave HarbourOur friend, Aaron Weddle (NGP Photo), of Commonwealth North (CWN) provided this audio link to last Friday's "Mustang Development Update", by Brooks Range Petroleum's COO, Bart Armfield.  Here is the slide pack that our readers can use to follow through the entire presentation.  Armfield was addressing CWN members and guests at the weekly Energy Action Coalition meeting in Anchorage. 

Common use of ConocoPhillips' infrastructure for Brooks Range development and Repsol exploration facilities, Armfield said, "...is a demonstration of super majors, mid majors and small independents having an infrastructure that is strategic to all...."  

It shows how the companies, in spite of their competitive natures, can work together, he said.  

It is, "...an acknowledgement that there is a need for cooperation and collaboration to allow everybody to achieve their independent goals."

Armfield began by stating his goal was to discuss only the short term plans of the company, primarily the Mustang development at the Southwest corner of the Kuparuk development area.  

He hinted that the company has in mind other large projects, to follow.

Jack Laasch, Canadian Gals, NSB, Mustang, Brooks Range, ARCO, Alaska Support Industry Alliance, Photo by Dave Harbour, Canadian Gala, Anchorage, Alaska(Note:  Armfield also introduced Jack Laasch {NGP Photo}, a longtime industry consultant, Alaska North Slope project veteran and member of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance who has assisted the company in developing the project.)

Armfield said the overall investment and project plan are based on internal and third party studies.

Development drilling will continue during fourth quarter, this year, followed by continuing design, engineering, fabrication and then, construction.  The company plans to install facilities at the end of 2015 with production beginning in early 2016, at initial production rates of 8-10 thousand Barrels of oil per day.

Mary Ann Pease, Commonwealth North, Oil Tax, Gas Pipeline, Alaska, Photo by Dave Harbour, MAPCommonwealth North Energy Committee Chairman, Mary Ann Pease (NGP Photo) asked Armfield to comment on the upcoming August referendum that will determine whether Alaska's recent oil tax reform bill will be repealed.  

Readers can listen to the dialogue here, but, in general, he opposed passage of Proposition 1, the repeal referendum.  He also noted that the issue affected different explorers and producers differently.

"When you are in a loss position, it means one thing.  When you in a revenue position and a growth mode it means a totally different position," he said.

Company and third party engineering reports, including one by former Arco executive, Dr. David Hite, verify proven gross oil reserves of over 24 million barrels, with much larger probable and possible estimates of oil in place.

The Mustang development cost will rise to nearly $700 million by the 2016 start up date, including a $70 million facilities investment by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) in addition to general facility financing and investment by Working Interest Owners.

Mustang project modules will be constructed in Anchorage and moved up the haul road to the North Slope.

Readers interested in a more granular timeline of budgets, local employment and investment targets will find them in the PowerPoint presentation.


TODAY'S Energy In Depth Headlines:

  • EID-Michigan: Survey: Support for HF highest in communities where development occurs (6/14)

NATIONAL

HF can help curb emissions. Asheville Citizen-Times, EID’s Steve Everley. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently concluded that the “rapid deployment of hydraulic fracturing” — and the subsequent increase in natural gas supplies — “is an important reason for a reduction of GHG emissions in the United States.”
 
David Blackmon, Energy In Depth, Consumer Energy Alliance, El Paso Natural Gas, hydraulic Fracturing, Photo by Dave Harbour, Gas ImportsThe Weekly Oil & Gas Follies. Forbes, EID’s David Blackmon (NGP Photo). The facts are easy to summarize. Thanks to a rapid expansion of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the United States in 2009 again became the world’s top producer of natural gas. Gas imports (mainly by pipelines from Canada) peaked as recently as 2007 at nearly 20 percent of the total supply; in 2013 they were just 11 percent.
 
Survey: “Gasland” ranks dead-last in list of credible info sources on HF. E&E News. In terms of where Marcellus residents were obtaining their information about hydraulic fracturing, newspapers scored the highest in the survey. "Gasland" scored last as a source of information on hydraulic fracturing for those living in counties hosting Marcellus Shale activity.
 
US petroleum production hits 44-year high. Financial Times. The US is already the world’s largest producer of oil and gas, taken together, and is one of the top three in terms of oil alone, alongside Russia and Saudi Arabia. The US boom is in sharp contrast to oil production elsewhere in the world, which is constrained by decline in mature areas such as the North Sea and political and security issues in countries such as Iraq and Syria.  (Click below for more....)

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6-15-14 EIA Energy Conference - 2014

15 June 2014 11:00am

Our longtime acquaintance, Dan Yergan (NGP Photo) will Dan Yergin, EIA, Pulitzer, Photo by Dave Harbouraddress the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2014 EIA Energy Conference on July 14 and 15, 2014.

The EIA Energy Conference has become a premier forum for addressing energy issues in the United States and around the world. This event will bring together thought leaders from industry, government, and academia to discuss current and future challenges facing domestic and international energy markets and policymakers.

The conference will feature keynote speakers including:

Congressman Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency

Eric Slifka, President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Partners LP

Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Vice Chairman of IHS

Breakout session topics will include:

  • U.S. crude oil exports
  • Emerging trends in U.S. vehicle travel demand
  • The future of biofuels
  • Asian energy demand outlook
  • Changing global petroleum product trade flows
  • Implications of a zero/low electricity demand growth scenario
  • Nexus of energy use and technology in the buildings sector
  • Energy in Latin America
  • Tight oil production trends
  • Renewable energy: from alternative to conventional, does policy still matter?

The conference attracts U.S. and international attendees from government, industry, non-profit organizations, the media, and academia. You can view the complete agenda at: http://www.fbcinc.com/e/eia/agendagrid.aspx

6-14-14

14 June 2014 5:16pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold an oversight hearing on Tuesday, June 24th entitled “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Education.”

 

The American energy boom has created new job opportunities across many sectors that require a skilled and educated workforce.  Today’s educational institutions are working to ensure that students and future generations are prepared to fill these jobs.  High schools are focusing on teaching skills and exposing high school kids to opportunities in the energy sector, community colleges are filling the gap in partnering to train skilled workers, and colleges are expanding geology and engineering programs and finding joint partnerships with industry to focus on filling workforce needs. 

 

WHAT:

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Oversight Hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Education.”

Witnesses by Invitation Only

 

WHEN:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
10:00 AM

 

WHERE:

1334 Hearing Room in the Longworth House Office Building

 

Visit the Committee Calendar for additional information, once it is made available.  The meeting is open to the public and a live video stream will be broadcast at http://naturalresources.house.gov/live.

6-13-14

13 June 2014 10:15am

Doc Hastings, Natural Resources Committee, 5 year leasing plan, Obama, Photo by Dave HarbourHouse Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (NGP Photo) released the following statement TODAY regarding the Department of the Interior starting the public comment process for developing the next five-year (2017-2022) leasing program for the Outer Continental Shelf: “Since President Obama’s first weeks in the office, this Administration has actively restricted new offshore energy production, canceled lease sales, and imposed a drilling ban on 85 percent of offshore areas. As a result, the Administration has sacrificed American jobs, threatened our energy security, and caused offshore production to fall by 15 percent per day. An America that works requires affordable gasoline and energy prices and a robust economy that utilizes the energy resources we have right here at home. We must focus now on policies that will ease the pain at the pump for American families and small businesses, and eliminate federal government hurdles that keep American energy locked-up. The start of this new five-year plan represents another opportunity for the Obama Administration to right this terrible wrong, correct their past failures, and finally put a robust plan in place that opens new areas  and puts nearly a million more Americans back to work.”


Calgary Herald by Dan Healing.  ...  A full-page newspaper ad running nationwide declared projects of national significance like the Enbridge Inc. (Northern Gateway Pipeline) project can “become the catalyst for new and better standards” for industry.

The ad was signed by more than three dozen business leaders including several federal Conservative politicians, Metis Nation of B.C. president Bruce Dumont and former federal Liberal minister and Newfoundland premier, Brian Tobin, now vice-chairman of BMO Financial Group.

Joe Viveiros, vice-president with Calgary-based Albatros Aircraft Corp., which stationed a posh twin-engined executive helicopter worth $7 million in Hall D of the Global Petroleum Show, said pipelines and helicopters go together.  More....


 

6-12-14

12 June 2014 7:12am

Natural Gas Roundtable and Senate Natural Gas Caucus Luncheon Today, June 12th at the Hart Senate Office Building, Room SH-902. The invited speakers are: U.S. Sens. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and John Barrasso (R-WY). 

The Hill. Lisa Murkowski, Mary Landrieu, FERC,  Chairwoman of the committee, Mary Landrieu, and her ranking member, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (NGP Photo), are discussing ways they might be able to swap President Obama's nominees to the nation's top energy regulatory commission.

 


Jim Prentice, Tory, Northern Gateway, BC, First Nations, LNG, oil sands, Alberta, Photo by Dave HarbourGlobal Post/Canadian Press.  Alberta Tory leadership candidate Jim Prentice (NGP Photo) says he's the one who can navigate the myriad of challenges to get the Northern Gateway pipeline built to the B.C. coast. ... "There will be no access to the Asia Pacific basin for our energy unless we strike a partnership with the government of British Columbia and a partnership with First Nations, including, in particular, the coastal First Nations," said Prentice.


Doc Hastings, ESA, grouse, sullivan, kathryn, fws, noaa, Photo by Dave HarbourKathy Sullivan, NOAA, ESA, Doc Hastings, Photo by Dave HarbourHouse Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (NGP Photo) and 42 Members of Congress sent a letter yesterday to U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) Director Dan Ashe and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Kathryn Sullivan (NGP Photo) requesting a six month extension of the public comment period for three proposed Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations.


Robert Dillon, Tom Steyer, electricity bills, Photo by Dave HarbourFrom Robert Dillon (NGP Pnoto) of the Senate Energy Committee staff offices regarding a Washington Post story on June 9, 2014:

Having made his fortune investing in coal and other fossil fuels, billionaire Tom Steyer is pulling the ladder up behind him and promoting policies designed to drive up the cost of energy for the rest of Americans.

While Steyer may not worry about his electricity bill, the vast majority of Americans do.

Steyer, meanwhile, is now investing in solar and other renewable projects that will directly benefit from his new-found environmental activism.

The Washington Post published a story yesterday on Steyer’s investment history and his decision to launch a personal war against the fossil fuels that helped make him rich in the first place. http://wapo.st/1jiSwze

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6-11-14 LNG Exports Are In America's National Interest

11 June 2014 8:56am

ADN -- A 13-pound, battery-powered drone catapulted from a Prudhoe Bay gravel pit on Sunday has become the first authorized commercial operation by an unmanned aircraft over land in the United States.  (See our breaking news alert from yesterday.)


Energy Citizens

Our friend, Katy, of energycitizens.org, write us today that, "Recent events in Ukraine and other parts of the world have made it abundantly clear that the United States can no longer sit on the sidelines.  (See our related editorial.)

"By increasing liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports", she writes, "we have an opportunity to help provide security to our allies and strengthen our position as a global energy leader. It’s good for our country, good for jobs, and good for our allies.

"That’s why I’m asking that you take one minute out of your day to send a letter in support of the Cove Point LNG project in Southern Maryland.

http://advocacy.energycitizens.org/cgi-bin15/DM/t/hoQJ0bkYMY0MRU0EP8J0EK

You have a chance to make a big difference by speaking out on this important issue. Will you make your voice heard today? 


David Holt, Coal War, global warming, Consumer Energy Alliance, Photo by Dave HarbourThe National Journal asked Consumer Energy Alliance President David Holt (NGP Photo) to weigh in on the political liability of the EPA regulations on coal power plants.  He said:

“When it comes to a debate over the cost of basic necessities such as heat or electricity voters will not give candidates much wiggle room. The candidates who can make the case that their votes will support policies that make prices affordable are going to win over their electorate.” —David Holt, president, Consumer Energy Alliance


Today's Energy In Depth Headlines:

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New York should regulate, not prohibit, development. Buffalo News, Op-Ed. In 2012, New Yorkers consumed more than 1.2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, most of it coming from shale gas being produced in other states. We need to be regulating, not prohibiting, the development of natural gas in New York.
 
The War On Fracking Is Over — And The Greens Lost. Daily Caller, Op-Ed. Approximately one million wells have been hydraulically fractured over the last six decades without cases of water contamination. During Congressional testimony in 2011, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson stated, “I am not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water, although there are investigations ongoing.”
 
Cost-effective completions. Oil & Gas Financial Journal. In early 2006, the oil and gas industry soared to never-explored heights and profitability. The cost of individual projects began to receive less scrutiny, and an arms race to develop the next industry-revolutionizing technology and grab the corresponding market share was on.
 
US natural gas output will set a record this year. Kansas City Star. U.S. natural gas output will reach 73 billion cubic feet a day for the first time this year as new pipelines tap into shale supplies stranded in the Marcellus formation in the Northeast, a government report said Tuesday.
 
Water Shortage in West Does Not Stop Development. NBC News. Used since the 1940s, hydraulic fracturing is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressure in order to fracture shale rock to release natural gas and oil. The fluid is a combination of water and chemicals, mixed with sand. As of now, the method is in use in 17 states, with a total of some 82,000 wells nationwide.
 
Drillers give updates on where they and their plans stand. Farm and Dairy. Consol Energy will begin drilling its 9,000-acre leasehold around the Pittsburgh airport in August. The company plans to drill 8,000 feet laterals on the wells and expects production to start flowing from the airport acreage in early 2015.
 
INTERNATIONAL

Sejm approves shale gas law. Warsaw Business Journal. Poland's lower house of parliament approved legal regulations on shale gas extraction on Tuesday. The bill, an amendment to the existing geology and mining law, is aimed at speeding up work on shale deposits in the country.
 
South's gas could help planet. Otago Daily Times, Op-Ed. This is a direct result of the US shale gas boom. That has enabled gas to replace coal in US power plants, and natural gas produces less than half the CO2 of coal.
 
US shale boom benefits Asian buyers. Oil & Gas Financial Journal. Using the US natural gas production boom to promote the idea of a sustainable "global gas glut," Asian importers have successfully managed to chip away at the longstanding oil-indexed pricing mechanism for liquefied natural gas over the past two years.

CALIFORNIA

Texas Gov. promotes interstate competition. Bakersfield Californian. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, unapologetic for luring California jobs to his home state, told Kern County political and business leaders Tuesday the Golden State must free industry from excessive taxation, regulation and litigation in order to become more competitive.

COLORADO

Colorado at Epicenter of Political HF Fight. KUNC News. Colorado is quickly becoming ground zero for a political war over the future of hydraulic fracturing. Political spending both for and against potential anti-fracking ballot measures is already washing over the state.
 
Lawsuit Claims Ban Not Being Enforced In Lafayette. Associated Press. Two Lafayette residents are suing Colorado officials for not enforcing a ban on hydraulic fracturing. The Daily Camera reports that the residents say that a hydraulic fracturing ban passed in November is not being enforced.
 
Colorado now regulates industry. Reporter-Herald, LTE. The responsible opponents of hydraulic fracturing, those that study the science behind the issue, have concluded that the short-term hydraulic fracturing process itself is essentially non-damaging. They have rightly concluded that volatile organic compounds and methane emitted in the long-term production process are one remaining area in which the industry can improve its performance.
 
Will Potential HF Compromise Really Stop the Fight? CBS-Local, Column. Governor John Hickenlooper, along with the two largest gas and oil operators in Colorado, is shopping a new compromise to avoid potential hydraulic fracturing initiatives from appearing on the November ballot. Like any compromise, selling the idea to both sides of the aisle is difficult. But that is a political reality that is true for almost any significant compromise.
 
Loveland vote on separate ballot from county. The Coloradoan. On June 24, the city of Loveland will count citizens’ votes for or against a proposed two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a controversial oil and gas extraction process that has already been restricted in five Front Range cities, including Fort Collins.
 
Colorado could be 'ground zero' for debate. KUSA News. If state lawmakers can't reach a compromise on hydraulic fracturing, it could lead to a battle on the ballot getting national attention. Late Tuesday, it appeared a compromise drafted by Governor Hickenlooper and some of his democratic allies was falling apart. The Denver Business Journal reported the Colorado Oil and Gas Association voted against the proposal, after it sat at the table working to draft it.
 
ILLINOIS

Energy companies wait on IDNR. Rock River Times. A bill aimed to skip the rule-drafting process and begin hydraulic fracturing in Illinois recently died in the hands of legislators. The bill would have allowed hydraulic fracturing to begin while rules for the practice were still being drafted. It would have also imposed a moratorium in northern Illinois.
 
Regulating carbon dioxide emissions. Rock River Times, Op-Ed. Switching to natural gas could generate pressure to accelerate hydraulic fracturing within the state. Fortunately, an effort to weaken state HF standards was recently blocked.

LOUISIANA

Analyst says Australian shale play could benefit Lafayette. Daily Advertiser. Two oil conferences kick off this week: The Global Petroleum Show opened Monday in Calgary, Canada, and the Louisiana Energy Conference kicks off today in New Orleans. At both, attendees are sure to discuss where the next big boom will happen.
 
NORTH CAROLINA

Libertarian conservatism at work in NC legislature. News & Observer, Column. On many issues, the legislature has strongly tilted public policy toward market forces – and against anything they perceive as being an impediment to the market, whether it involves the environment, health insurance, education, worker injury claims or taxes. So the legislature is trying to jump-start natural gas exploration of the state’s shale deposits –called hydraulic fracturing– by paying for some initial testing to entice energy companies to begin operating here.
 
Senate GOP calls on candidate to denounce 'dirty' green money. News & Observer. The state Senate Republican caucus on Tuesday rallied behind one of its own, Sen. Chad Barefoot, who is the object of a barrage of TV ads by national and state environmental groups. The News & Observer reported Tuesday that Barefoot, a Republican who represents parts of Wake and Franklin counties, is one of four GOP senators being targeted by a $1 million-plus advertising campaign because of their support of hydraulic fracturing.
 
House budgets zero dollars to drill shale-gas test holes. Greensboro News & Record. Republican leaders set aside no money in the state House’s budget proposal Tuesday to probe for shale-gas reserves, in contrast to the proposals recently made public by Gov. Pat McCrory and the N.C. Senate.

NORTH DAKOTA

Bakken production growth expected to slow as the play matures. Oil & Gas Journal. Production growth from the Bakken tight oil formation is expected to moderate in the next 2 years as older wells decline and new wells strain to offset natural production declines, analysis by Wood Mackenzie Ltd. shows. The research and consulting firm expects Bakken oil production will increase at a rate of 100,000 b/d/year, rising from an average of 1.1 million b/d in 2014 to 1.7 million in 2020.
 
Statoil tackles Bakken flaring with innovation. Oil & Gas Journal. Statoil North America Inc. is at the forefront of efforts to reduce flaring in the Bakken shale in North Dakota, pilot-testing a mobile system that converts associated gas into CNG at the well site. The system, called the Last Mile Fueling Solution, uses a device the size of a standard 8 ft-by-20 ft. shipping container to compress associated gas.
 
MDU expands North Dakota presence with greenfield refinery. Oil & Gas Journal. A greenfield refinery, an interstate gas pipeline, and production from the Bakken shale are just a few of the projects being pursued by MDU Resources Group Inc. in the rolling prairie of North Dakota.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Marcellus continues to defy expectations. Oil & Gas Journal. Shale has been the primary driver of US gas supply growth since 2007, and the Marcellus shale has been the largest single contributor to rising production. Marcellus production topped 14.5 bcfd in March and is expected to account for nearly one fourth of all US gas output by 2015, according to a report by Morningstar Inc.
 
Bulgarian professor visits Marcellus region. Associated Press. Georgiev, assistant professor of economics at Sofia University in Bulgaria, spent the past month researching the economic impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling in Allegheny and Washington counties. By the end of his stay, he concluded that natural gas drilling in Bulgaria would "definitely be beneficial" from an economic perspective.
 
Critics challenge Sunoco Pipeline as public utility. Philadelphia Inquirer. Sunoco is repurposing an 83-year-old refined-products pipeline to transport Marcellus Shale natural-gas liquids to Marcus Hook, where most of the material - ethane and propane - would be exported.
 
NY top court considers local bans on drilling. Straus News. New York's highest court is expected to decide by the Fourth of July whether municipalities can use local zoning laws to ban shale gas development using hydraulic fracturing within their borders.
 
OHIO

‘Manufacturing renaissance ahead’ for shale gas industry. Columbus Business First. Oil and gas shale drilling in the Appalachian Basin is rapidly developing, but there is still a laundry list of challenges facing the industry, a law firm in the region says in a new report. “The shale gas industry is entering a period of transition – from its startup years to an era of production efficiencies and a manufacturing renaissance ahead,” Pittsburgh-based Babst Calland says in its annual report.
 
Ohio approves 32 new Utica shale permits last week. Akron Beacon Journal. A total of 32 new Utica shale permits were paproved as of June 7 by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That included three in Belmont County, two in Carroll County, one in Guernsey County, two in Harrison County, one in Hefferson County, seven in Monroe County, 14 in Noble County, one in Tuscarawas County and one in Washignton County.
 
Hilcorp Gets More Well Permits for Western Pa. Youngstown Business Journal. Hilcorp Energy Co. continues to seek oil and gas prospects in western Pennsylvania three months after one of its drilling operations was linked to a spate of small earthquakes that rattled the eastern edge of Mahoning County. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued five new permits to Hilcorp June 3, authorizing the company to drill horizontal wells in Mercer County, the agency reports.
 
McClendon announces billions more in shale investment. WKSU. A billboard on I-77 south of Canton announces that American Energy Partners is hiring. And the founder of that partnership -- Aubrey McClendon -- announced this week he’s investing $1.75 billion in the Utica and Marcellus shale regions of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
 
TEXAS

Pinnergy will develop an Eagle Ford disposal well. San Antonio Business Journal. Pinnergy Ltd. will begin development on a wastewater disposal well in the Eagle Ford Shale in the next 60 days, the Austin-based oilfield services firm’s top officer says.
 
New distribution facility will hire 20 south of San Antonio. San Antonio Business Journal. Leading chemical distributor Univar Inc. has begun work on a new 52,000-square-foot facility south of San Antonio and plans to hire 20 people within its first year of operation, officials say. The Redmond, Wash.-based company in April confirmed plans to develop a warehouse on 12 acres of land in the nearby city of Elmendorf. However, it didn’t break ground until late last month.
 
Permian operators increasingly target shale. Oil & Gas Journal. Horizontal drilling last year overtook vertical drilling in the basin as new technology and high oil prices rejuvenated the legacy oil play and independent operators like Pioneer Natural Resources Co. and Approach Resources Inc. tapped into shale formations previously considered uneconomic. "The Permian is one of the hottest regions in North America right now," Benjamin Shattuck, analyst with Wood Mackenzie Ltd., told UOGR.
 
FTS will go to China with new Sinopec joint venture. Dallas Business Journal. FTS International will be taking its hydraulic fracturing talents to China through a joint venture with Sinopec Group, the companies announced Tuesday. Fort Worth-based FTS International will own 45 percent of SinoFTS while Sinopec will own 55 percent. It’s the first collaboration between a non-Chinese well completion company and a national Chinese company.

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