-- BP Trinidad & Tobago awards contract for offshore platform BP Trinidad & Tobago LLC awarded Fluor Corp. additional contract work worth about $20 million toward the engineering and construction of BP's new offshore gas processing platform and other facilities in Trinidad and Tobago.
-- Iran's Kaboud oil field goes on stream Masjed Soleiman Oil and Gas Production Co. announced that Kaboud oil field in Iran has gone on stream, OPECNA reported. Initial production rates were not disclosed.
-- Apache contracts to sell 2.1 tcf from Qasr field Apache Corp., Houston, signed a 25-year sales agreement with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. (EGPC) for 2.1 tcf of natural gas from the Qasr field on Apache's Khalda Concession in Egypt's Western Desert.
-- Total group announces production on Venezuelan gas blocks A consortium headed by Total SA has begun producing nonassociated gas on the Yucal Placer Norte and Yucal Placer Sur blocks, which cover 900 sq km in the Guarico sub-basin of western Venezuela, said partner Repsol YPF SA.
-- ExxonMobil, Helis Oil & Gas contract for Atwood Oceanics rigs Upon completion by mid-May of a well ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Malaysia Inc. is drilling on a platform off Malaysia, the company temporarily will suspend its contract for the Vicksburg jack upleased from Houston-based drilling contractor Atwood Oceanics Inc. The Vicksburg will be moved to Thailand for a 5 month drilling program for Chevron Offshore (Thailand) Ltd., then redelivered to Malaysia in November to continue another 12 months of its drilling program for ExxonMobil.
-- Ziff: producers try to wring more gas from Canada, GOM North American producers are not yet complying with earlier expectations that new natural gas supplies from Canada, the Gulf of Mexico and nonconventional US land sources will meet a US natural gas market of more than 30 tcf by 2015, said a panel of industry experts Monday.
-- Kerr-McGee makes deepwater Gulf of Mexico oil discovery Kerr-McGee Corp. reported Monday the discovery of more than 250 ft of net high-quality hydrocarbon pay, primarily oil, with its Ticonderoga discovery well and initial sidetrack drilled on Green Canyon Block 768 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
-- US rig count hits highest peak since September 2001 US drilling activity increased by 12 units to 1,150 rotary rigs working, the highest weekly total since the week ended Sept. 28, 2001, when the count was at 1,168 and falling, officials said Friday at Baker Hughes Inc.
-- African reforms The US should be working harder to promote transparency and accountability in African oil-producing countries, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Center for Strategic & International Studies, Washington, DC.