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  • 12/06/2005 -- Yemen Mayfair to plug Beta-1 test in Yemen
    Oracle Energy Corp., Vancouver, BC, said it has been notified by operator Yemen Mayfair Petroleum Corp. (YMPC) that a drillstem test of the Beta-1 well on Block 22 in Yemen was concluded Dec. 4 with no hydrocarbons recovered.
  • 12/06/2005 -- Several zones yield oil at Neuquen find
    Petrolifera Petroleum Ltd., a private Calgary independent, is producing oil from two formations at an apparently substantial discovery in Argentina's Neuquen basin.
  • 12/07/2005 -- BPZ Energy advances projects in NW Peru
    BPZ Energy Inc., Houston, reported progress on projects in the Tumbes, Talara, and Lancones basins in northwestern Peru.
  • 12/07/2005 -- MMS again proposes Cook Inlet Sale 199
    The US Minerals Management Service again is soliciting indications of industry interest in Cook Inlet Sale 199, involving 2.5 million acres of federal land south of Kalgin Island 3-30 nautical miles off Alaska.
  • 12/09/2005 -- Transeuro to explore in Papua New Guinea
    Transeuro Energy Corp., Vancouver, BC, opened an office in Port Moresby to support exploration and development of its four petroleum prospecting licenses in Papua New Guinea.
  • 12/09/2005 -- BG Group signs EPSAs for areas in Libya
    BG Group PLC has signed three exploration and production-sharing agreements (EPSAs) for onshore Libyan Blocks 123 (1) and 123 (2), in the Sirte basin and onshore Area 171 (Blocks 1, 2, 3, and 4), in the Kufra basin (see map, OGJ, Oct. 24, 2005, p. 42).
  • 12/12/2005 -- Seismic survey starts on Hassi Mouina block
    A seismic survey is under way on the Hassi Mouina gas block in Algeria, reported Statoil ASA, the operator. Plans call for a wildcat to be spudded during 2006.
  • 12/12/2005 -- New Brunswick field due link to M&NE gas line
    The McCully gas field, where six wells underwent a battery of nine frac jobs in October and November, is now sufficiently productive to justify a connection to the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline system to New England, said the operator, Corridor Resources Inc., Halifax.
  • 12/13/2005 -- Major oil discovery reported in western Iran
    Norsk Hydro AS and Lukoil Overseas Holding Ltd. reported a "major oil discovery" on the Anaran exploration block in Ilam Province near Dehloran in western Iran (OGJ Online, Aug. 30, 2000).
  • 12/13/2005 -- Pertamina signs contracts for Libyan blocks
    Indonesia's state oil and gas firm PT Pertamina has signed contracts with Libya to explore and develop two blocks, one onshore and the other offshore.
  • 12/13/2005 -- Exploration due in Kazakh-China region
    A subsidiary of Big Sky Energy Corp., Calgary, acquired a 50% operating interest in the Alakol Block in the basin of the same name on the Kazakh-China border in eastern Kazakhstan.
  • 12/14/2005 -- Drilling planned on Block 5B in Sudan
    Lundin Petroleum AB reported plans for as many as three exploration wells on the 20,119-sq-km Block 5B in the Muglad basin in Sudan.
  • 12/14/2005 -- Independents adding to Palo Duro land base
    More Canadian independents are establishing land holdings aimed at a Lower Pennsylvanian Bend shale gas play in the Palo Duro basin of West Texas.
  • 12/16/2005 -- MMS okays suspensions for ultradeep wells
    The US Minerals Management Service has issued a final rule that will allow suspensions of operation (SOOs) to oil and gas operators contemplating ultradeep wells (deeper than 25,000 ft TVD) in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 12/20/2005 -- ENI strikes oil in eastern South China Sea
    CNOOC Ltd. reported a discovery in the ENI China BV Huizhou (HZ) 25-4-1 well in the eastern South China Sea.
  • 12/20/2005 -- Foxtrot wildcat tests gas off Ivory Coast
    Foxtrot International LDC, Abidjan, has tested natural gas from a 20-m perforated interval on the 930 sq km CI-27 Block in 400 m of water off Ivory Coast.
  • 12/29/2005 -- Shell, EMGS sign research and development agreement
    Shell International Exploration & Production BV and ElectroMagnetic GeoServices AS (EMGS) signed a 1-year agreement to collaborate on expanding the applications EMGS's proprietary seabed logging technique.
  • 12/29/2005 -- DNO well in northern Iraq encounters oil
    DNO ASA, Oslo, said its well in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq, Tawke-1, encountered mobile oil at the top of the first of three prospective reservoir intervals (OGJ, Dec. 12, 2005, Newsletter).
  • 12/29/2005 -- Repsol YPF, RWE to obtain blocks off Portugal
    Portugal is expected to award oil exploration rights in two blocks off Algarve province to a consortium owned 75% by Repsol YPF SA and 25% by RWE AG.
  • 12/29/2005 -- Dragon tests Lam field well in Caspian
    Dragon Oil (Turkmenistan) Ltd, a unit of Dragon Oil PLC, Dublin, said its Lam field well, LAM 10/112, drilled from the refurbished LAM 10 platform in the Cheleken Contract Area in the Turkmenistan section of the Caspian Sea, has tested oil from Zones 4, 5, and 6 at a combined rate of 2,950 b/d.

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