Energy business briefs for Dec. 21

Energy business briefs for Dec. 21
Published: December 21, 2012
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Coal plant begins operation

Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s new coal plant in Arkansas began commercial operation this week, the American Electric Power subsidiary announced Thursday. The 600-megawatt John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant is the first ultra-supercritical generating unit to go into operation in the United States, using higher temperatures to produce electricity more efficiently. Ultra-supercritical units burn less coal with fewer emissions than conventional coal plants. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority owns a 7 percent stake in the $1.8 billion power plant.

Service company opens lime yard

Oil-field service company Fluid Delivery Solutions has opened its Mississippi Lime yard in Alva, the Texas-based company said this week. The company specializes in water transfers for completions and location containment liners. Officials said the 5-acre yard is in a prime location to enable the company to serve clients in the oil-rich play in Oklahoma and Kansas. “Our goal has always been to expand our locations to accommodate all the major unconventional resource plays in the Lower 48,” CEO Lance Lammons said.

Mesa Energy drills new area

Mesa Energy Holdings Inc. has begun drilling its first Mississippi Lime well in Garfield County, the Dallas-based company said this week. The well will be drilled more than 11,000 feet deep, with a horizontal lateral of about 4,000 feet. Mesa also expects to drill a salt water disposal well at the same location to serve multiple wells. “We are excited to be kicking off our drilling program in the Mississippian Lime and look forward to expanding our drilling program and acreage position in 2013,” CEO Randy M. Griffin said. “We expect to begin preparations for the commencement of an additional horizontal drilling program in the Niobrara Shale in southeast Wyoming in 2013.”

From Staff Reports