Tim Bradner

  • The consortium planning the big North Slope gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas export project has taken another big step. An application was filed Friday for the U.S. Department of Energy export permit for the project.  North Slope producers, TransCanada Corp. and the state of Alaska asked ...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:32pm
  • In a dramatic development, North Slope oil producers have essentially erased a long-term decline trend that has existed for all but one year since 1989 when two new oil fields began producing in 2002. An intensive effort in “workovers” of producing wells, to stimulate production, and drilling of...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:36am
  • A drill rig likely will be starting work again later this year near Anchor Point.  BlueCrest Energy Inc. plans to begin drilling at the offshore Cosmopolitan oil and gas discovery in Cook Inlet, company officials say. Wells will be drilled from onshore, at high angles, to reach the Cosmopolitan...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:25am
  • A record number of drill rigs were at work on the North Slope this winter. According to weekly working rig data compiled by Baker Hughes Inc., drilling reached a peak of 17 rigs during the week of Feb. 28, traditionally the busiest time for the North Slope. Baker Hughes, which has compiled national ...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:20pm
  • Buccaneer Energy, an independent Cook Inlet explorer with high hopes but skimpy resources, saw those hopes come crashing down May 31. The company filed for bankruptcy protection that day in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in south Texas. The company has been fighting a rear-guard action on finances almost s...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:28pm
  • Gov. Sean Parnell signed the state operating and capital budgets Wednesday and made no vetoes in either. Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said this may be the first budget ever approved by a governor without at least something being red-lined. Parnell said he ...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:26pm
  • If you’re out for dinner in a restaurant this summer, you may find the wait-time for your meal is a little longer. Seasonal employers say they are experiencing difficulties in hiring certain types of workers — kitchen staff for example — as the tourist season begins....

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:38am
  • Bidding was modest at the state’s annual Cook Inlet and Alaska Peninsula “areawide” lease sales May 7, with bids coming from independent companies and most of those in Cook Inlet from companies already established there. A surprise, however, is that there were three bids on tracts near Port Mo...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:48pm
  • Scott Goldsmith, the University of Alaska’s venerated senior economist, has stepped into the political snake pit of the oil tax repeal debate. Goldsmith is well known for his study of Alaska fiscal trends, which have been underway for almost two decades, but his new study comparing Senate Bill 21,...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:40pm
  • BP announced Tuesday it will sell four of its North Slope assets to Houston-based independent Hilcorp Energy. The agreement includes all of BP’s interests in the Endicott and Northstar fields and 50 percent of BP’s interests in the Milne Point field and Liberty, an undeveloped offshore field sti...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:14am

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