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Exploration Development 2005 P17

  • 01/28/2005 -- Washington state exploratory test spudded
    EnCana Corp., Calgary, has spudded a rank wildcat in the Columbia River basin in nonproducing Washington state.
  • 01/28/2005 -- Contract let for Alvheim FPSO topsides
    Marathon Petroleum Norge AS and partners have let an engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning contract to Vetco Aibel of Norway for all topsides work on the floating, production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel to handle output of Alvheim oil field off Norway.
  • 01/26/2005 -- BLM opening limited Otero Mesa leasing
    The US Bureau of Land Management has issued a plan for limited, environmentally sensitive oil and gas development on public lands in Otero and Sierra counties, New Mexico.
  • 01/26/2005 -- Statoil begins Snøhvit drilling
    Statoil ASA has begun drilling carbon dioxide injection well F-2H, the first well in Phase I development of Snøhvit gas field in the Barents Sea.
  • 01/25/2005 -- Development starts at Sillaro field
    Po Valley Energy Ltd., Rome, began civil works on its 100%-held Sillaro field, following government approvals.
  • 01/19/2005 -- MMS sees larger gulf, Atlantic gas resource
    The volume of undiscovered but technically recoverable natural gas on the US Outer Continental Shelf is 12% higher as of late 2004 than it was when last assessed in 2000, said the US Minerals Management Service.
  • 01/19/2005 -- PetroKazakhstan exploration finds oil in South Turgai
    Petro-Kazakhstan Inc., Calgary, reported several exploration successes on its blocks in the South Turgai basin of western Kazakhstan.
  • 01/18/2005 -- Iraq calls for field studies by foreign firms
    Iraq's Ministry of Oil has let contracts for integrated reservoir studies of the country's two largest oil fields—Kirkuk in the north and Rumaila in the south—to Exploration Consultants Ltd., Epsom, UK.
  • 01/18/2005 -- India offers 20 exploration blocks
    The Indian government has offered 20 oil and gas blocks for exploration in the fifth round of bidding under its New Exploration Licensing Policy.
  • 01/17/2005 -- Cuba
    Pebercan Inc., Montreal, said completion of its No. 103 well boosted production in Seboruco field on the North Cuba heavy oil belt to 14,000 b/d from 9,000 b/d.
  • 01/14/2005 -- OMV discovers oil in western Iran
    OMV Iran Onshore Exploration GmbH has made its first oil discovery on Mehr Block in the Zagros region of western Iran.
  • 01/13/2005 -- Fiddich-1 well abandoned off W. Australia
    Apache Northwest Pty. Ltd., Perth, which drilled the Fiddich-1 well on behalf of Origin Energy Ltd., Perth, operator of exploration permit WA-226-P off Western Australia, has plugged and abandoned the well that it spudded in late 2004 (OGJ Online, Dec. 7, 2004).
  • 01/13/2005 -- Woodside, Dana acquire 2D data off Kenya
    Woodside Petroleum Ltd. affiliate Woodside Energy (Kenya) Pty. Ltd. and its partner, Dana Petroleum PLC, Aberdeen, are acquiring 2D seismic data on Blocks L-5 and L-7 off Kenya using the Polar Duke seismic survey vessel.
  • 01/13/2005 -- Angostura field producing off Trinidad
    BHP Billiton Ltd., Melbourne, and its partners have begun production from Angostura oil field on Block 2C about 38.5 km off eastern Trinidad and Tobago in water 40 m deep.
  • 01/12/2005 -- MOL group has large find in NW Pakistan
    A group led by MOL Pakistan, Budapest, reported a second discovery on the 4,600-sq-km Tal block southwest of Peshawar in northern Pakistan.
  • 01/11/2005 -- Delineation well logs pay off Brazil
    State-owned Petróleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) said a well drilled within Golfinho field boundary areas in Brazil's offshore Espírito Santo basin penetrated sandy formations about 90 m thick saturated with high-quality light oil.
  • 01/07/2005 -- OGDC makes discovery at Dhakni
    Pakistan's Oil & Gas Development Co. Ltd. (OGDC) has made a deeper-pool discovery at Dhakni condensate field in northern Pakistan.
  • 01/07/2005 -- Orient, Zaver awarded Punjab Block 2970-3
    Pakistan has granted a petroleum exploration license to a joint venture of Orient Petroleum Inc. (OPI) 80% and Zaver Petroleum Corp. Ltd. 20% for Sakhi Sarwar Block 2970-3, which covers 2,125 sq km in Punjab Province.
  • 01/05/2005 -- Woodside, Explore Enterprises set alliance
    Woodside Energy (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, Australia, has formed an alliance with Explore Enterprises LLC, Covington, La., to conduct exploration, acquisition, development, and production in the shelf and deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 01/05/2005 -- Houston independent to develop gas finds off Peru
    A newly public Houston independent plans to develop gas discoveries on the Pacific shelf just off northwesternmost Peru for power generation onshore.
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