-- DeepStar group awards Aker Kværner study contract DeepStar, a group of 12 leading deepwater operators and 48 service-supply companies, has awarded Aker Kværner a contract to execute Phase VI of the Deepwater Staged Recovery (DeepStar) Project.
-- Mexico Pride International Inc. said the Pride Nebraska and Pride Alaska have commenced operations in the Bay of Campeche.
-- Talisman signs PSA with Qatar for Block 10 Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, signed a production sharing agreement with the Qatar government for Block 10 covering 784,000 acres in shallow water 100 km northeast of Doha.
-- Guyana plans to resume land exploration Prevented from pursuing offshore oil exploration by border disputes with both Suriname and Venezuela, Guyana is resuming its 76-year land search for commercial oil deposits.
-- Alaska oil pipeline being restarted The trans-Alaska pipeline was in the process of being restarted Wednesday after having been shut since an earthquake of 7.9 magnitude rocked central Alaska Sunday.
-- Norsk Hydro awards FMC Vigdis extension EPC contract Norsk Hydro AS awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction contract valued at 370 million kroner to FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS, to supply subsea systems for the field's extension program.
-- Canary Islands An exploration group is gearing up to acquire a 3,000 sq km 3D seismic survey in 2003 that will represent the first exploration in the Fustercasas-Hesperides basin off northwestern Africa.
-- Statoil awards Dragados Kristin field contract Statoil ASA has awarded a contract valued at just under 300 million kroner to Dragados Offshore SA, Madrid, to build the riser balcony and flare boom for Kristin field's floating production platform.