Monthly Archives: February 2012

Talking About Alaska Oil & Gas

My appearance yesterday on the Dan Fagan Show — the television version — is available here.  The segment runs from 1:54:30 to 2:27:10. Dan followed up for a few minutes after beginning at 2:29:30. The discussion started with the recent TAPS decision by Judge Gleason, and went on from there.  We continued the exchange this morning on Dan’s new radio show on KOAN — and ended up having an extended discussion of the Norway business model.  I don’t find a recorded segment available online of the radio discussion, but it was an interesting exchange that I look forward to continuing.

In the meantime, HCR 19, “Acknowledging the lessons learned from the 2011 Norway Policy Tour and encouraging investment in the state’s oil and gas industry,” introduced by Rep. Bob Herron and co-sponsored by Reps. Edgmon, Seaton, Tuck, Guttenberg, Gardner, passed the House Economic Development, Trade and Tourism Committee this week and has been referred to House Rules for consideration before being advanced to the floor for a vote.

Among other things, the Resolution calls on the Legislature to “explore how co-investment in resource extraction activities would benefit private sector job expansion, affordable energy options, value-added options, revenue generation and competitiveness.”  That’s a start.

2.8.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter

‎2.8.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter,   http://ow.ly/8X7wW (permalink). Lead, “Senate plans to propose generic oil tax bill for start;” “Alaska seeks reversal of ruling on Pt. Thomson.” For more news, see the “Daily Articles & News” column (lower right side) at https://bgkeithley.com/. Daily headlines and links from Upstream Online, Oil & Gas Journal, Petroleum Economist, Platt’s, LNG World News, Fuel Fix, plus.

2.7.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter

‎2.7.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter,  http://ow.ly/8WILZ (permalink). Lead, “Alaska Senate committee begins pipeline lawsuit review;” “Kitimat LNG investment decision looming.” For more news, see the “Daily Articles & News” column (lower right side) at https://bgkeithley.com/. Daily headlines and links from Upstream Online, Oil & Gas Journal, Petroleum Economist, Platt’s, LNG World News, Fuel Fix, plus.

Alaska’s Economy| What happens at $70/bbl oil?

While catching up on reading over the weekend I came across an article in the Calgary Herald that made my hands go cold.  The headline was “Shell sees oil lows of $70 in 2012 volatility.”

The story reported on Shell’s recent 2012 outlook and quoted Shell Chief Executive Peter Voser as saying, in preparing the outlook, that Shell had used “a $50-$90 range for oil.”

Then, discussing the $50-$90 planning range, “Simon Henry, Shell’s chief financial officer, told analysts: ‘I’m not sure we see it right at the bottom of that one over the next 12 months, but we could certainly see it in the middle of that range.'”

What is the impact on Alaska if Shell’s outlook is correct, and oil ends up “in the middle” of a $50 – $90/barrel price range on the year?  Very, very bad things. Continue reading

2.6.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter

‎2.6.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter,   http://ow.ly/8VjKo (permalink). Today’s lead, “Hurdles abound, but Shell hopeful it can drill off Alaska’s Arctic coast in 2012.” For more news, see the “Daily Articles & News” column (lower right side) at https://bgkeithley.com/. Daily headlines and links from Upstream Online, Oil & Gas Journal, Petroleum Economist, Platt’s, LNG World News, Fuel Fix, plus.

2.5.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter

‎2.5.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter,  http://ow.ly/8TIzE (permalink). Today’s lead, “Oil taxes highlight busy week for lawmakers;” “Shell hopeful for Arctic drilling.” For more news, see the “Daily Articles & News” column (lower right side) at https://bgkeithley.com/. Daily headlines and links from Upstream Online, Oil & Gas Journal, Petroleum Economist, Platt’s, LNG World News, Fuel Fix, plus

2.2 – 4.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter

‎2.2 – 4.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter,  http://ow.ly/8SEiY (permalink). Full of news; catching up from a few days. Lead, “Paskvan seeks limited scope to tax reform.” Others, “Energy secretary backs gas exports,” “How Much Life Is Left in TAPS?” For more news, see the “Daily Articles & News” column (lower right side) at https://bgkeithley.com/. Daily headlines and links from Upstream Online, O&G Journal, plus.

Understanding why Alaska LNG is challenged

An article posted this week in Natural Gas Asia  goes a long way toward explaining why any Alaska LNG project is challenged.

In a brief story headlined “Kogas, Cheniere Sign LNG Deal,” Natural Gas Asia reports that “South Korea’s Kogas and Cheniere Energy have signed a 20 year deal in which [Cheniere] will supply LNG from [its] Sabine Pass export plant in Louisiana.  Kogas has agreed to purchase approximately 3.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG [roughly 500 MMcf/d] upon the commencement of train three operations. Deliveries are expected to occur as early as 2017. ”

Why is it economic to export US Gulf Coast LNG to Korea?   A large part of the reason  is the projected 2014 completion of the $5.25 Billion Panama Canal expansion project. With the expansion, today’s modern LNG tankers will be able to use the Canal route to reach the Pacific Rim, significantly cutting transit costs, times and inefficiency which currently impeded the reach of such supplies (for a good discussion of that topic see Panama opens Asia to US LNG exports,” Petroleum Economist (Nov. 2, 2011)).

What does that have to do with Alaska LNG?  By efficiently linking substantially lower priced L48 US gas supplies with the (currently) higher priced Pacific Rim markets, the Panama Canal expansion is anticipated to have a significant (downward) impact on Pacific Rim LNG prices.  Indeed, according to the Petroleum Economist analysis, the completion of the Panama Canal expansion project is expected to lower transit costs to the point that US Gulf Coast LNG poses a direct competitive threat even to already commenced Australian LNG projects, not to mention the much more distant (in time) Alaska LNG project.

The irony?  Having already undermined the economics of the proposed L48 Alaska gas pipeline, the L48 US shale gas revolution now appears well on its way  to undermining Alaska’s expansion also into the Pacific Rim LNG market.

The take away?  Alaska needs to concentrate even more on coming to grips with the current level of oil investment.  The “gas cavalry,” which some continue to hypothesize will yet save Alaska’s economy, is unlikely to be riding over the hill anytime soon.

2.1.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter

‎2.1.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter,  http://ow.ly/8Pu1J (permalink). Today’s leads, “The great Arctic oil race begins,” and “In Oil-Rich Alaska, Will the Good Times Last?” For more news, see the “Daily Articles & News” column (lower right side) at https://bgkeithley.com/. Daily headlines and links from Upstream Online, Oil & Gas Journal, Petroleum Economist, Platt’s, LNG World News, Fuel Fix, plus.

1.31.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter

‎1.31.2012 Perkins Coie’s Daily Alaska Oil & Gas Newsletter,   http://ow.ly/8NZTO (permalink). Today’s leads, “New Oil, Gas Bill Expected By End Of Next Week; US on brink of strong oil, gas growth.” For more news, see the “Daily Articles & News” column (lower right side) at https://bgkeithley.com/. Daily headlines and links from Upstream Online, Oil & Gas Journal, Petroleum Economist, Platt’s, LNG World News, Fuel Fix, plus.