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Exploration Development 2005 P

  • 10/21/2005 -- Deepwater Angola block has ninth oil strike
    Angola's Sonangol and BP PLC reported the ninth oil discovery on deepwater Block 31 off Angola.
  • 10/24/2005 -- Thailand licensing round draws more bids
    Thailand's energy ministry has received two additional applications for petroleum exploration blocks, raising the total number of applicants in the country's current licensing round to 11 groups and increasing the number of tracts sought to 13 (OGJ Online, Aug 22, 2005).
  • 10/26/2005 -- Verkhnechonsky field development starts
    The first well has been drilled in Russia's Verkhnechonsky oil and gas field by Prikaspiiskburneft Co. as part of a 3-year, $270 million development project undertaken by VerkhnechonskNefteGaz.
  • 10/26/2005 -- EnCana extends Chinook discovery off Brazil
    Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Corp. reported another successful appraisal of a Campos basin oil discovery on Block BM-C-7 in 350 ft of water 75 km off Brazil.
  • 10/26/2005 -- North German tight sands test at promising rates
    Two European companies are installing surface facilities after a highly deviated well yielded promising gas flow rates from extremely low-permeability Permian Rotliegend sandstone in the North German basin.
  • 10/26/2005 -- Indonesia gas find noncommercial but promising
    A gas discovery in the North Sumatra basin waters of the Malacca Straits is described as noncommercial but encouraging for further exploration.
  • 10/27/2005 -- ANWR leasing advances in House, Senate
    Both sides of the 109th Congress have moved closer to authorizing federal oil and natural gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of the budget reconciliation package on Oct. 26.
  • 10/27/2005 -- Eastern Putumayo basin oil development proposed
    Appraisal and development is pending for a 1988 eastern Putumayo basin oil discovery in Colombia that could have as much as 38 million bbl recoverable.
  • 11/01/2005 -- Western desert area gets Alamein dolomite oil find
    IPR International Ltd., Irving, Tex., applied for a development lease for a Cretaceous Alamein dolomite oil discovery on the North Ras Qattara II concession in Egypt's western desert 125 miles west of Cairo.
  • 11/01/2005 -- Indonesia seeks exploration of eastern area
    The Indonesian government is drafting incentives aimed at attracting exploration to the country's eastern regions, according to a senior official.
  • 11/01/2005 -- Contract let for Angel field subsea systems
    Woodside Energy Ltd. has let a contract to FMC Technologies Inc. for subsea production systems for the planned Angel development project 80 miles off Australia's North West Shelf in 262 ft of water. The contract value was not disclosed.
  • 11/03/2005 -- Talisman makes inner Moray Firth oil strike
    Talisman Energy (UK) Ltd. has reported discovery of 20-50 million bbl of oil in place in the inner Moray Firth on Block 13/23b in the UK North Sea.
  • 11/03/2005 -- Brigham expands into Williston Bakken play
    Brigham Exploration Co., Austin, acquired a 100% working interest in 46,000 acres in the Mississippian Middle Bakken formation in northwestern North Dakota and could spud its first well late this year.
  • 11/04/2005 -- E. Tennessee, N. Alabama see rank exploration
    Separate Appalachian operators are evaluating rank exploratory wells in little-drilled portions of eastern Tennessee and northeastern Alabama.
  • 11/07/2005 -- Repsol YPF, partners make sixth oil discovery on Libyan block
    Repsol YPF SA has made a sixth oil discovery in Libya on Block NC 186 in the Sahara Desert's Murzuk basin about 800 km south of Tripoli.
  • 11/07/2005 -- Development near for Pakistan's Rodho field
    The Dewan Mushtaq Group of Pakistan plans to submit a commerciality declaration and development plan by the end of 2005 for Rodho gas-condensate field in the Middle Indus basin in Pakistan.
  • 11/07/2005 -- PDO lets major contract for Harweel fields
    Petroleum Development Oman has let an engineering, procurement, and commissioning contract to Petrofac Ltd., Woking, UK, for the second phase of an enhanced oil recovery project that is part of the development of the cluster of oil fields near Harweel in southern Oman (OGJ Online, Aug. 27, 2004).
  • 11/10/2005 -- Statoil awards subsea separation contract for Tordis field
    Statoil ASA awarded a $100 million contract to FMC Technologies Inc., Houston, to provide the subsea separation boosting and injection system for Tordis oil field in the North Sea.
  • 11/10/2005 -- Calvalley presses oil startup from Yemen's Block 9
    Calvalley Petroleum Inc., Calgary, hopes to start oil production by yearend from at least 2 wells in Hiswah field on Malik Block 9 in the Sayun-Masila basin.
  • 11/11/2005 -- Petrobras lets Roncador field development contract
    Brazil's state-owned Petroleo Brasileiro SA has awarded a consortium of Subsea 7 Inc. and Technip to supply and install the flexible lines that will connect 30 wells in the giant Roncador field in the Campos basin to the P-52 platform.

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