-- CNR to develop Horizon oil sands Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNR), Calgary, will proceed with the first phase of development of the Horizon oil sands leases near Fort McMurray, Alta., via mining and upgrading of bitumen.
-- Topas pilot flow starts off Norway Statoil ASA has begun production from its Topas discovery in the Norwegian North Sea in a pilot phase approved by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
-- Statoil to start Volve production Statoil has submitted to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy a plan for development and operation of the Volve discovery on Production License 046 in the North Sea.
-- Lukoil exits Zykh-Govsany project OAO Lukoil subsidiary Lukoil Overseas Holding Ltd. has exited the Zykh-Govsany field-rehabilitation project in Azerbaijan with the approval of its 50:50 partner State Oil Co. of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).
-- Forest makes gas finds in Alaska, Rockies Forest Oil Corp., Denver, reported two successful exploration wells: in the Cook Inlet area of Alaska, where it has more than 1.1 million net undeveloped acres, and in the Green River basin of Utah.
-- Well off Trinidad and Tobago scores gas ChevronTexaco Corp. and 50:50 partner British Gas PLC have confirmed that their Manatee 1 exploration well on Block 6d off Trinidad and Tobago has encountered "significant amounts of natural gas." ChevronTexaco operates the well, its first off Trinidad and Tobago.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.