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Exploration Development 2005 P16

  • 02/18/2005 -- Woodside tests well off Mauritania
    Woodside Mauritania Pty. Ltd.'s majority-owned and operated Tiof-6 appraisal well off Mauritania has flowed high rates of oil and gas during production tests.
  • 02/17/2005 -- Tests prove oil on Gabon's Koula prospect
    Shell Gabon SA and coventurer Pan-Ocean Energy Corp. Ltd. Helier, Jersey, UK, have completed a 6-day well test on its recently drilled AWOKOU-1 ST3 appraisal well on the Awoun permit in Gabon, West Africa.
  • 02/16/2005 -- Tunisia Tyrrhenian basin due seismic surveys
    Tunisia's state-owned ETAP has let a contract to PGS Geophysical AS, Lysaker, Norway, to acquire exclusive 2D and 3D seismic data in the Tyrrhenian basin, off northern Tunisia.
  • 02/16/2005 -- Berkine appraisal well finds new Triassic pay
    Appraisal wells on Ledjmet Block 405b in the Berkine basin discovered a new pay zone of Middle Triassic age and indicated extension of several pools in Menzel Ledjmet East gas-condensate field, said First Calgary Petroleums Ltd., Calgary.
  • 02/15/2005 -- BP makes fifth find on Block 31 off Angola
    BP Exploration (Angola) Ltd. has made a fifth oil discovery, Palas-1, on ultradeepwater Block 31, off Angola.
  • 02/15/2005 -- New tests prove Uganda well noncommercial
    Heritage Oil Corp., Calgary, reported that new tests of the Turaco-3 well on Block 3 in Uganda showed that carbon dioxide is dominant, but the company maintains that the basin is still highly prospective for oil.
  • 02/15/2005 -- Pemex cancels Ricos gas block tender
    Mexico's national oil company Petroleos Mexicanos said that no bids were received for an international tender under the multiple service contract program for the Ricos Block in the Burgos basin.
  • 02/11/2005 -- Niko chases oil in Hazira gas field off India
    Niko Resources Ltd., Calgary, plans to further delineate a hefty oil pay zone at its Hazira gas field just off western India in the Cambay basin.
  • 02/11/2005 -- Russia to exclude foreign bidders
    Non-Russian companies will be precluded from bidding on major resource-development projects in Russia this year.
  • 02/10/2005 -- CNPC presses seismic work in Tenere, Niger
    A unit of China National Petroleum Corp. plans to acquire the full 1,500 line km of seismic data specified in the $55 million minimum work program on the 17.3 million acre Tenere Block in the Termit-Tenere rift basin in Niger.
  • 02/09/2005 -- Foster Wheeler wins Abu Dhabi contract
    Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd. (Gasco) has awarded Foster Wheeler Ltd. a project management consultancy (PMC) contract for development of the world-scale Onshore Gas Development Project III (OGD-III) at Habshan field in Abu Dhabi.
  • 02/09/2005 -- Contract let for field work off India
    BG Exploration & Production India Ltd. has let a $131 million contract to Clough Ltd., Perth, to expand development of Panna oil field and South Tapti gas field in shallow water off the Arabian Sea off western India northwest of Mumbai (OGJ, Oct. 13, 2003, Newsletter).
  • 02/08/2005 -- Timor-Leste prepares for licensing round
    The government of Timor-Leste is finalizing details for a new petroleum fiscal regime this month before an onshore and offshore licensing round scheduled during April and June.
  • 02/08/2005 -- Shell, Apache sign exploration deals
    Apache North Sea Ltd. will drill as many as four exploratory wells in the central North Sea under several farmouts from Shell UK Ltd.
  • 02/08/2005 -- Kerr-McGee gets deepwater block off China
    Kerr-McGee China Petroleum Ltd., a wholly owned affiliate of Kerr-McGee Corp., signed a production-sharing contract with China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) for deepwater Block 43/11, more than doubling its acreage in China to 4.1 million acres.
  • 02/07/2005 -- Santos to appraise giant East Java basin discovery
    Santos Ltd. plans to appraise an oil discovery in the Madura Strait that it said might be the company's largest oil field development.
  • 02/04/2005 -- Unocal logs deepwater pay off Indonesia
    A Unocal Corp. subsidiary has made another deepwater discovery in the northeastern Kutei basin off East Kalimantan on what partner Santos Ltd. calls frontier exploration acreage.
  • 02/01/2005 -- Libya awards 15 exploration blocks
    Libya's National Oil Corp., in its first licensing round since US sanctions were lifted last spring, has awarded 15 exploration permits to 12 non-European companies.
  • 02/01/2005 -- Ramco, partners to explore off Ireland
    Ramco Donegal Ltd. (RDL), UK, and its partners have acquired the Frontier Exploration License 1/05 covering 408 sq km 70 km off northwestern Ireland.
  • 01/28/2005 -- Liberia
    The government awarded Repsol YPF, Madrid, exploration rights to Block 16 off the country's western coast.

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