-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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).
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.