-- Padulla field due on stream by yearend In a fast-track development, Stuart Petroleum Ltd., Adelaide, plans to begin production before yearend from its wholly owned Padulla oil field in the South Australian Cooper basin.
-- Habanero reports heavy oil pilot in Alberta Habanero Resources Inc., Vancouver, BC, reported plans for a steam-assisted gravity drainage pilot project in the Peace River oil sands region of Alberta after agreeing to acquire an equity interest in a private company that controls 10,000 acres in the area.
-- US rig count down 1 during week US drilling activity dipped by 1 unit to 1,478 rotary rigs working this week, up from 1,266 during the same period last year, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- Ivanhoe cites Dagang field production lag Peak production will be considerably less than originally anticipated at the start of the Dagang oil field project in China, said Ivanhoe Energy Inc., Vancouver, BC.
-- Stolt to lay flexible pipe off Brazil Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has awarded Norway's Stolt Offshore SA a $250 million, 6-year contract to lay flexible flowlines in deep water off Brazil.
-- Oil discharge near Norne field under study Statoil ASA is conducting an inquiry into the cause of an oil discharge Nov. 23 observed near the Transocean Arctic semisubmersible, which is drilling in Statoil-operated Norne field satellites in the Norwegian Sea.
-- First-phase Snøhvit drilling nearly complete Statoil ASA has nearly finished drilling and completion in the first phase of the Snøhvit subsea development project 140 km northwest of Hammerfest, Norway, in the Barents Sea.
-- Albania heavy oil field in redevelopment A unit of Bankers Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, is redeveloping giant Patos-Marinza heavy oil field in central Albania under an existing license between state Albpetrol SHA and the National Petroleum Agency of Albania.
-- Oil production starts from Yemen's Block 9 Calvalley Petroleum Inc., Calgary, has started production from Hiswah oil field on Malik Block 9 in Yemen. Calvalley is the operator and has 50% working interest.
-- Rowan unit lets contract for Tarzan jack up Rowan Cos. Inc. subsidiary LeTourneau Inc., Houston, has let a contract to Signal International LLC, Pascagoula, Miss., for a fourth Tarzan-class jack up (OGJ July 14, 2005, p. 56).
-- OMV group signs letter for Maari platform A consortium led by OMV New Zealand Ltd. has signed a letter of intent with Clough Ltd. of Perth for a contract to build and install the Maari oil field wellhead platform in the Taranaki basin off New Zealand.
-- US drilling drops by 20 rigs US drilling activity dropped by 20 rotary rigs, with 1,463 working this week, up from 1,234 at this time a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported Dec. 16.
-- Norway approves Tordis IOR project Statoil ASA received approval from the Norwegian government for a 2 billion kroner improved oil recovery (IOR) project at Tordis oil field in the North Sea.