-- 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.
-- UK onshore Bow Valley Energy, Calgary, has spudded the West Compton-1 well, which is the first to examine prospects updip from the giant Wytch Farm field in the Wessex basin, said partner Sterling Resources.
-- MMS's 5-year OCS leasing plan wins approval US Interior Sec. Gale Norton has approved the US Minerals Management Service's 5-year program for oil and natural gas lease sales on the Outer Continental Shelf for 2002-07.
-- MMS introduces well logs online The Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service late last week announced a new online ordering system that allows companies to research oil and gas well logs online.
-- Development planned for commercial Kashagan field The Kashagan super giant oil discovery in the northeastern sector of the Caspian Sea off Kazakhstan was officially declared commercial Friday, opening the way for preparation of a development plan.