In this week's oil, gas and mining news, learn where a new oilfield waste facility is planned, and find out why a cow is to blame for a gas leak.


Wood Mackenzie, an energy consulting firm, expects crude and condensate output from the Eagle Ford Shale play in Texas to double through 2020 to 2 million barrels per day.

The firm also said in its release on June 4 that it now believes the Bakken Shale play in North Dakota holds 21 billion barrels of recoverable crude — well above the 7.5 billion the government estimates. 

The consultancy sees output from the Marcellus rising to 20 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas in 2018. For the Utica, it predicts output climbing to 5 billion cubic feet per day through 2018.

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Graham to supply equipment for refining upgrades in North America

Graham, a global business that designs, manufacturers and sells critical equipment for the oil refining, petrochemical and power industries, including the supply of components and raw materials to nuclear energy facilities, announced June 2 that it was recently awarded four orders for projects valued at approximately $10 million. 

The orders are for upgrades of ejector system components at three oil refineries and an ethylene capacity expansion project in North America. Shipments are expected to occur over the next nine to 15 months. 

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Three orders for equipment at existing North American oil refineries include replacement parts for two Canadian oil sands refineries and another oil refinery in the U.S.


Cow suspected of causing leak

A cow is suspected of causing a spill of natural gas liquids near a tributary of the Little Missouri River Medora, N.D., prompting North Dakota regulators to warn energy companies to ensure their facilities are bovine-proof. 

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State Environmental Health Chief Dave Glatt said May 29 that about 20 barrels of natural gas condensate near Sully Creek, south of Medora in Western North Dakota spilled from a tank after a cow may have rubbed against the valve. 

The Health Department says the site is owned by a subsidiary of Oneok Inc., based in Tulsa, Okla. Glatt said absorbent booms were placed in Sully Creek as a precaution. 

Glatt said the cow was either curious or had an itch that needed scratching.


Devon Energy Corp. subsidiary constructing pipeline

Devon Energy Corp’s Victoria Express Pipeline LLC subsidiary, has started construction on a new 56.4-mile pipeline connecting the Blackhawk delivery point in the Eagle Ford Shale’s DeWitt County to an existing terminal at the Port of Victory. 

The 12-inch pipeline will be able to carry up to 100,000 barrels per day of crude oil and condensate produced in the South Texas energy play. The port gives the company access to shallow-water barge-loading facilities. 

The new pipeline is expected to go into service July 1.


Crude testing facility opens in Williston

Inspectorate, a core part of Bureau Veritas Commodities Division, has opened a new analytical testing facility in Williston, N.D. The facility will specialize in the analysis of crude oil and gas production from the Bakken Shale play in North Dakota.

The testing facility will be able to turn reports around within hours instead of days, according to company officials.

The company also provides meter verification services for Williston and the surrounding areas.


Nuverra purchasing land to build oilfield waste facility

Nuverra Environmental Solutions, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based environmental company, is buying 180 acres in South Texas’ LaSalle County to develop a facility that will treat wastes from oil and gas production activity in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Nuverra will use the facility, located near the town of Millett, to collect, treat and in some cases recycle liquid and solid wastes from drilling sites across the Eagle Ford.


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