-- BP makes sixth find on Block 31 off Angola BP Exploration (Angola) Ltd. has made its sixth deepwater discovery on Block 31, 170 km off Angola and 31 km northwest of the recent Palas discovery (OGJ Online, Feb. 15, 2005).
-- Nexus eyes Longtom gas field development Nexus Energy Ltd., Melbourne, said it believes Longtom gas field, on Permit Vic/P54 in the Gippsland basin off Victoria, contains commercial gas reserves.
-- Sibneft wins licenses in Western Siberia Russia's Sibneft has won development rights for the Salymskiy-2 and Salymskiy-3 Blocks in the Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous District of Western Siberia.
-- Unocal has Northwest Territories strike Unocal Corp. subsidiary Northrock Resources Ltd., Calgary, made a hydrocarbon discovery on the Summit Creek prospect in the Central Mackenzie Valley area of the Northwest Territories in Canada.
-- Murphy reports dry holes and oil strike Murphy Oil Corp. reported two dry holes on nonanalogous structures near an earlier discovery off Congo (former Zaire) and an oil discovery off Malaysia.
-- MMS issues notice for OCS Sale 196 The US Minerals Management Service has issued a proposed notice for Western Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale 196 scheduled Aug. 17.
-- Sudan okays Thar Jath field development Sudanese government officials signed a contract with the Sudanese White Nile Petroleum Co. authorizing development of Thar Jath oil field on Block 5A (see map, OGJ, Oct. 27, 2003, p. 46).
-- Mad Dog appraisal well extends field An appraisal well and three sidetracks drilled on the deepwater Mad Dog Southwest Ridge in the Gulf of Mexico encountered significant hydrocarbon pay.
-- Newfield lifts Utah Monument Butte flow Newfield Exploration Co., Houston, is pressing development of giant Monument Butte oil and gas field in the northern Uinta basin, where it estimates more than 1 billion bbl of oil in place.
-- Aramco signs contracts for megaprojects Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, has signed contracts for two major projects in Saudi Arabia to develop oil and gas fields in the Eastern Province and raise the kingdom's gas processing capacity.
-- FMC to supply gulf hub field equipment Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has awarded FMC Technologies Inc. a $25 million contract to supply 10 subsea trees and associated equipment for Anadarko wells that will be connected to the Independence Hub platform in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
-- High oil, gas prices drive OCS bidding Near-record prices for oil and natural gas led to strong bidding Mar. 16 in two Outer Continental Shelf lease sales for tracts in the Eastern and Central Gulf of Mexico.
-- Plains boosts Inglewood, buys California properties Plains Exploration & Production Co., Houston, reported success developing deeper formations in Inglewood field in the Los Angeles basin and is acquiring properties in the Los Angeles and Ventura areas.
-- Kerr-McGee tests Schrader Bluff oil Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Corp. has tested as much as 1,200 b/d of 16º-17º gravity oil from the Schrader Bluff reservoir in its Nikaitchuq-4 horizontal appraisal well on Alaska's North Slope.
-- Cliff Head receives development go-ahead A five-company consortium headed by Roc Oil Co. Ltd., Sydney, has approved development of Cliff Head oil field, the first field to be developed in the offshore portion of Western Australia's North Perth basin.
-- ExxonMobil to develop two more Chad fields Esso Exploration & Production Chad Inc., as the Chad-Cameroon development project reached financial completion in the fourth quarter of 2004, said it will develop two more oil fields near project infrastructure in southwestern Chad.
-- Reliance, Niko discover more gas off India Reliance Industries Ltd., Mumbai, and Niko Resources Ltd., Calgary, discovered more natural gas in the deepwater D6 Block in the Bay of Bengal off India's northeast coast.