Accession Number : ADA292033

Title :   Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 1: Work Still Needed to Improve Accuracy of Reserve Estimates.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVE LOPMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA292033

Report Date : DEC 1989

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : For several years, the administration has proposed selling the government's ownership interest in the Naval Petroleum Reserves (NPR), on the basis of a claim that it would help reduce the federal budget deficit. The administration's latest proposal, made in February 1989, called for the sale of the reserves in fiscal year 1990. The Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that if the NPRs are sold in 1990, proceeds from a sale could be about $3.4 billion. The Naval Petroleum Reserve at Elk Hills, California (NPR-1) is the largest of the reserves and is jointly owned with Chevron, U.S.A. Inc. One of the key problems that DOE faces in analyzing the government's ownership interest in NPR-1 is that reserve data are not up-to- date and accurate. In February 1988, DOE's Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy testified before the House Committee on Budget that a reserve report was being prepared for NPR-1 to produce firm reserve estimates so that potential bidders would know how much oil is in the ground. DOE hired a firm to prepare a comprehensive reserve report for NPR-1, which was delivered in July 1988. Citing the need for an independent assessment of DOE's efforts to sell NPR-1, the Chairman, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, House Committee on Energy and Commerce, asked GAO to review and analyze the accuracy of the new reserve data presented in the July 1988 reserve study. jg p.3

Descriptors :   *NAVY, *PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, *RESERVES(ENERGY), DATA PROCESSING, ACCURACY, COST ESTIMATES, REDUCTION, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, FEDERAL BUDGETS, FOSSIL FUELS.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Miscellaneous Materials
      Fuels

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