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  • 08/12/2003 -- ONGC contracts Transocean's Discoverer Seven Seas to drill in deep water off India
    Oil & Natural Gas Corp. Ltd. (ONGC) awarded a $137 million, 3-year contract to Houston-based Transocean Inc. Aug. 6 for its deepwater drillship Discoverer Seven Seas to drill off India.
  • 08/08/2003 -- Petrobras declares Caravela Sul discovery commercial
    Petróleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) and its partners on Block BS-3, in the Santos basin 175 km off Santa Catarina state in southern Brazil, sent a filing to Brazil's National Petroleum Agency Wednesday declaring the commerciality of its Caravela Sul discovery made by well 1-SCS-10 A earlier this year (OGJ Online, Jan. 17, 2003).
  • 08/08/2003 -- New technique combats lost circulation
    Matador Operating Corp. combated lost-circulation problems in Monument field, Hobbs, NM, by combining tubing release procedures with a specialized cement-plug setting technique.
  • 08/07/2003 -- Petrobras contracts Halliburton to stimulate production in Campos basin
    Petróleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has awarded a $31 million contract to Halliburton Co. unit Halliburton Energy Services—through its Brazilian subsidiary— for a 274-ft, world-class well stimulation vessel to optimize production in Petrobras' Campos basin off Brazil.
  • 08/05/2003 -- Group to study Kazakh oil export via now-idle Ukraine pipeline
    Kazakhstan and Ukraine are examining the possibility of using an existing, but as-yet-unused oil pipeline through Ukraine as an export pipeline for Kazakh oil, reports Dow Jones Business News.
  • 08/05/2003 -- S&P: US land drilling for gas to increase throughout year
    US natural gas exploration and production companies are apt to increase land drilling activity throughout this year, Standard & Poor's said in a recent survey.
  • 07/29/2003 -- Alberta EUB orders Athabasca oil sands gas shut-in
    The Alberta Energy and Utilities Board ordered the interim shut-in of natural gas production in northeastern Alberta, effective Sept. 1, in an effort to stem pressure depletion in formations in the Athabasca oil sands.
  • 07/29/2003 -- PDVSA, Petrobras partnerships near on deepwater exploration off Venezuela
    There should be an agreement this week between Venezuela oil company Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) and Brazil's oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) for partnerships in deepwater exploration, said Petrobras' International Director Nestor Cervero on Wednesday, reported Caracas-based online newsletter Petroleumworld.
  • 07/28/2003 -- Brazil's interest to explore for oil in Cuban sector of Gulf of Mexico remains strong
    During a recent visit to Brazil, Cuba's Vice-President Carlos Lage said that Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva expressed strong interest in accepting the Cuban government's earlier invitation to explore for oil in the Cuban sector of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 07/25/2003 -- US drilling activity inches up to 21-month high
    US drilling activity increased by 2 rotary rigs to 1,091 working this week, the largest weekly rig count since early October 2001, officials at Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday.
  • 07/25/2003 -- Synergy Group unit makes Brazilian onshore light oil discovery
    Independent Brazilian oil company Marítima Petróleo e Engenharia Ltda. reported making a light oil discovery with a well drilled on Block BT-REC-3 in Bahia state, Brazil.
  • 07/25/2003 -- Custom designed single-cone bit works for well off Albania
    Custom design and manufacturing of bits allow drillers to optimize each application.
  • 07/25/2003 -- Great expectations
    The next 3 months are critical to turning around the security situation in Iraq, according to a new report by Washington, DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.
  • 07/23/2003 -- IFC inks loan agreement with Petrobras unit for mature field EOR program
    International Finance Corp. reported that it inked a $105 million loan agreement with Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) for investment in Petrobras Energía Venezuela (PEV), a wholly owned subsidiary of Perez Companc (Pecom), which Petrobras recently acquired.
  • 07/18/2003 -- Light, durable mats extend drilling season in Canada
    Light and durable mats have extended Apache Canada Ltd.'s drilling season in the Western Canadian Sedimentary basin.
  • 07/15/2003 -- BG announces first oil from giant Karachaganak project
    BG Group PLC, on behalf of its partners in giant Karachaganak oil and gas condensate field in northwest Kazakhstan¿ENI SPA, ChevronTexaco Corp. and OAO Lukoil¿has reported that first oil has been produced from the field for export through the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) pipeline to world markets via the Black Sea. Gas injection into the field also has begun.
  • 07/14/2003 -- ONGC launches $390 million deepwater exploration program
    India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp.(ONGC) plans to kick off a $390 million deepwater exploration program for 2003-04 with the drilling of three wells off the country' s eastern coast, and two off the western coast.
  • 07/14/2003 -- Improvements in surge protection eliminated rig downtime off West Africa
    Improvements in electric surge protection eliminated downtime and equipment failures after Thunder storms
  • 07/10/2003 -- Etame production off Gabon reduced further
    Pan-Ocean Energy Corp. Ltd., St. Helier, Jersey, reported Wednesday that Houston-based Vaalco Gabon (Etame) Inc, operator of Etame field off Gabon, has temporarily shut in production from a second well, ET- 1VA, due to a malfunctioning downhole safety valve. A remotely operated vehicle is scheduled to arrive at the field around July 13, at which time the cause of the malfunctions can be determined and remedial work undertaken to restore the wells to production.
  • 07/08/2003 -- Ivanhoe Energy to test new process for upgrading heavy oil production
    Ivanhoe Energy Inc., Vancouver, BC, has contracted with Boston-based Ensyn Petroleum International to have Ensyn test its Rapid Thermal Processing technology which upgrades the quality of heavy oil by producing lighter crude oil.

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