-- PetroKazakhstan posts reserves, production hikes PetroKazakhstan Inc., Calgary, targeted a 12.5% increase in production to 170,000 b/d in Kazakhstan in 2005 assuming timely receipt of regulatory approvals and the absence of marketing constraints.
-- Firms find more heavy oil northwest of Edmonton Calgary independents BlackRock Ventures Inc. and Talisman Energy Inc. are acquiring a $2.5 million 3D seismic survey over lands that contain a new heavy oil discovery in Alberta's Peace River area.
-- CanArgo to evaluate 2003 discovery in Georgia Republic CanArgo Energy Corp., Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK, plans to appraise its 2003 Manavi M11 indicated discovery in the Kura basin 45 km east of Tbilis, Georgia Republic, through two new wellbores this year.
-- Notices issued for OCS Sales 194, 197 The US Minerals Management Service has issued final notices for Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sales 194 and 197, both scheduled Mar. 16.
-- Statfjord late-life development approved Statoil ASA and partners have received approval from the Norwegian government for late-life development of Statfjord oil field and the associated Tampen Link gas pipeline in the Norwegian North Sea.
-- Coal measures yield gas at Perth basin wildcat Arc Energy Ltd., Perth, reported a flow of 3.7 MMcfd of gas from Permian Irwin River coal measures at the Corybas-1 exploration well on Production License L2 in the northern Perth basin in Western Australia.
-- Vessel due Agbami field off Nigeria ChevronTexaco Corp., operator of the 1998 Agbami discovery in deep water off Nigeria, let a contract to Daewoo Shipping and Maritime Engineering Corp. for a 7-billion-kroner production and storage ship to be used in the field's development.
-- Pakistan awards Eni PSAs in Indus Delta Pakistan executed production-sharing agreements Feb. 25 with Eni Pakistan Ltd. for two offshore blocks in the Indus Delta: Block No. 2366-4 (Offshore Indus-M) and Block No. 2366-5 (Offshore Indus-N)each covering 2,500 sq km.
-- Indian firms invited to South Pars work Iran has extended an official invitation to Indian oil and gas companies to participate in development of giant South Pars natural gas field off Iran.
-- CNR to develop Horizon oil sands Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNR), Calgary, will proceed with the first phase of development of the Horizon oil sands leases near Fort McMurray, Alta., via mining and upgrading of bitumen.
-- Topas pilot flow starts off Norway Statoil ASA has begun production from its Topas discovery in the Norwegian North Sea in a pilot phase approved by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
-- Statoil to start Volve production Statoil has submitted to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy a plan for development and operation of the Volve discovery on Production License 046 in the North Sea.
-- Lukoil exits Zykh-Govsany project OAO Lukoil subsidiary Lukoil Overseas Holding Ltd. has exited the Zykh-Govsany field-rehabilitation project in Azerbaijan with the approval of its 50:50 partner State Oil Co. of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).
-- Forest makes gas finds in Alaska, Rockies Forest Oil Corp., Denver, reported two successful exploration wells: in the Cook Inlet area of Alaska, where it has more than 1.1 million net undeveloped acres, and in the Green River basin of Utah.
-- Well off Trinidad and Tobago scores gas ChevronTexaco Corp. and 50:50 partner British Gas PLC have confirmed that their Manatee 1 exploration well on Block 6d off Trinidad and Tobago has encountered "significant amounts of natural gas." ChevronTexaco operates the well, its first off Trinidad and Tobago.