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Drilling Production 2005 P2

  • 11/03/2005 -- Kristin field comes on stream off Norway
    The high-pressure, high-temperature Kristin gas and condensate field in the Norwegian Sea has come on stream, reported Total SA, a partner.
  • 12/30/2005 -- Quest Oil plans Texas field upgrades
    Units of Quest Oil Corp., Houston, are undertaking a development expansion program in Texas that includes workover operations in Hawkeye field and Quest Oil's newly acquired Midkiff field in Eastland County and the Nettie Gardner lease in McCulloch County.
  • 12/28/2005 -- Aramco extends contract for Saudi Arabian fields
    Saudi Aramco extended a contract to subsidiaries of J. Ray McDermott SA to fabricate, transport, and install 16 additional jackets in oil and gas fields off Saudi Arabia.
  • 12/27/2005 -- Maersk, QP to boost Al Shaheen oil output
    Maersk Oil Qatar Co. and state-owned Qatar Petroleum agreed to more fully develop Al Shaheen field on Block 5 in the Persian Gulf, boosting production gradually to 525,000 b/d by late 2009 from 240,000 b/d in the first quarter of 2006.
  • 12/27/2005 -- US drilling rebounds to 1,475 rigs working
    US drilling activity rebounded somewhat, up by 12 rotary rigs to 1,475 working last week after dropping 20 the previous week, Baker Hughes Inc. reported Dec. 22. That compared with 1,257 rigs drilling during the same period in 2004.
  • 12/27/2005 -- Gas production starts at UK Rhum field
    BP PLC and Iranian Oil Co. UK Ltd. have begun natural gas production and export from what was the UK's largest undeveloped gas discovery, Rhum gas field, 240 miles northeast of Aberdeen.
  • 12/21/2005 -- 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.
  • 12/20/2005 -- La Vela field gas flow starts in Venezuela
    Gas production has begun from La Vela field in the East Falcon Unit at the base of Venezuela's Paraguana Peninsula.
  • 12/16/2005 -- 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.
  • 12/16/2005 -- 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.
  • 12/13/2005 -- 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).
  • 12/12/2005 -- 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.
  • 12/12/2005 -- Norne oil discharge larger than thought
    The Nov. 23 oil spill at Norne oil and gas field in the Norwegian Sea was larger than initially reported, said field operator Statoil ASA.
  • 12/09/2005 -- South Texas tar cyclic steam pilot shapes up
    A two-well cyclic steam pilot to test feasibility of producing shallow tar in the Maverick basin may be close to start-up.
  • 12/08/2005 -- 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.
  • 12/05/2005 -- 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.
  • 12/05/2005 -- Australia, East Timor reach Timor Sea accord
    The governments of Australia and East Timor have finally agreed to a division of the royalties from oil and natural gas resources in the Timor Sea.
  • 12/02/2005 -- US drilling declines by 31 rigs
    US drilling activity fell by 31 units to 1,460 rotary rigs working this week, up from 1,245 during the same period last year.
  • 12/01/2005 -- Oil flow starts from Bonga field off Nigeria
    Royal Dutch Shell PLC reported the start of oil production from giant Bonga oil and gas field in more than 1,000 ft of water off Nigeria.
  • 11/28/2005 -- 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.
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