-- Sakhalin II awards Yokogawa upstream measurement, control facilities contract Sakhalin Energy Investment Co. Ltd.a consortium of Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., and Mitsubishi Corp.and Sumitomo Corp. have awarded contracts to Yokogawa Electric Corp., Tokyo, to supply the complete upstream measurement and control instrumentation for the Sakhalin II crude oil and natural gas development project in the Sakhalin Island region of Russia's Far East.
-- FEED contract awarded for Casino gas field off Victoria Santos Ltd. has awarded a contract to Australia's Worley Ltd. for front-end engineering and design (FEED) associated with the $200 million development of Casino gas field off western Victoria. Santos expects the FEED studies to be completed and regulatory approvals in hand by yearend.
-- Oxy to renew Peruvian exploration program on Block 64 Occidental Exploradora del Peru Ltda., a unit of Occidental Petroleum Corp., is preparing to begin exploration work on Block 64 in the Marañon basin after reaching an agreement with a sector of Ashuar Osham communities in the area.
-- Kashagan development plan approved; Phase I under way Kazmunaygaz (KMG), the petroleum authority for Kazakhstan, and the North Caspian Sea production-sharing agreement consortium have approved development plans for the world-class Kashagan oil field in the northeastern Caspian Sea.
-- Statoil awards Kristin M&M contract Statoil ASA has awarded an 80 million kroner modifications and maintenance contract to Norway's Aker Reinertsen for work to be carried out on Kristin field in the Norwegian Sea.