-- Norway invites block nominations for 19th round Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Thorhild Widvey has invited oil companies to nominate blocks in the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea for the 19th licensing round, with licenses to be awarded in the first quarter 2006.
-- 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.
-- McMoRan, Palace form Gulf of Mexico venture McMoRan Exploration Co., New Orleans, and Palace Exploration Co., New York, have formed the McMoRan-Palace Joint Venture, expanding their joint participation in Gulf of Mexico ventures since 2003.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Southwestern Energy marks progress in Arkansas shale gas play Southwestern Energy Co., Houston, now pursuing a shale gas play in and adjacent to the Arkoma basin gas producing fairway, has estimated dry gas in place at 58-65 bcf/sq mile in the formation in a new field in Conway County, Ark.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.