-- Bolivia Orca Petroleum Inc., Calgary, acquired with YPFB approval, a 12.5% working interest in the Villamontes Block in southern Bolivia for $287,500 and is seeking other oil investments in the country.
-- Texas Vintage Petroleum Inc., Tulsa, plans to start a multiwell drilling program in fourth quarter 2002 aimed at gas in low-permeability Devonian carbonates in the Val Verde basin (OGJ, Feb. 11, 2002, p. 40).
-- PTTEP expands exploration operations to Oman Oman's Ministry of Oil & Gas has awarded an oil and gas exploration license in Oman to PTTEP Middle East Co. Ltd., marking the company's first entry into Middle East exploration.
-- PTTEP moves to Bongkot Phase 3C development The Thai-European consortium led by PTT Exploration & Production PCL has awarded a $33 million contract to Nippon Steel Corp. to build and install the 13th wellhead platform at Bongkot gas field.
-- Kollsnes gas plant to process Visund gas The North Sea's Visund field partners plan to deliver natural gas from the field to Statoil's planned 26 million cu m/day gas processing plant at Kollsnes near Bergen, Norway.