-- Repsol YPF signs exploration contract in Iran Repsol YPF has signed a $27 million contract with National Iranian Oil Co. (NIOC) to explore the Mehr and Forooz blocks in the south of the Persian Gulf for 2 ½ years.
-- Global Industries to install Pemex Lobina pipelines Pemex Exploration & Production has awarded a $77 million contract to Global Offshore Mexico S de RL de CV, Carlyss, La., to install four 50 km pipelines as part of the Lobina project in Mexico's Bay of Campeche.
-- Ras Laffan LNG awards contract for wellhead platform jacket off Qatar Ras Laffan LNG Co. Ltd. (II) has awarded J. Ray McDermott Eastern Hemisphere Ltd. a contract to install an additional wellhead platform jacket, WH8, off Qatar for the RasGas Expansion field development. McDermott will provide full engineering, procurement, fabrication, and installation of the 12-slot jacket and associated facilities.
-- Cairn to start oil flow from Rajasthan fields in 2007 Cairn Energy PLC, Edinburgh, received formal government approval of its declaration of commerciality of several discoveries on 5,000-acre Block RJ-ON-90/1 in Rajasthan, India, near the border with Pakistan.
-- McDermott completes deck for Central Azeri platform in Caspian Sea McDermott Caspian Contractors Inc. (MCCI), a subsidiary of J. Ray McDermott SA, has completed the fabrication, load-out, and sail-away of an integrated deck for the Azerbaijan International Operating Co. (AIOC) Central Azeri platform in the Caspian Sea.
-- Vintage Petroleum horizontal well flows oil Vintage Petroleum Inc., Tulsa, reported that its An Nagyah 11 well in An Nagyah field on Block S-1 in central Yemen has produced oil from the subsalt Upper Lam formation.
-- Greece Private Kavala Oil SA, Kavala, Greece, spudded a second well near its Kallirachi discovery in the northern Aegean Sea north of South Kavala field.
-- FPC reports MZLN-1 gas, condensate success, tests other wells First Calgary Petroleums Ltd. reported that the MZLN-1 discovery well on FCP's 100% held Ledjmet Block 405b in Algeria's Berkine basin flowed on test at rates of 214.4 MMcfd of natural gas and 9,863 b/d of condensate, normalized to a flowing wellhead pressure of 2,000 psi.