-- 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.
-- Spinnaker gets interest in Nigeria block Ocean Energy Nigeria Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Devon Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, has farmed out a 12.5% interest in OPL Block 256 to Spinnaker Exploration Co., Houston.
-- CNOOC OKs Bohai Bay fields development China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) has approved Kerr-McGee China Petroleum Ltd.'s development of the CFD 11-3 and CFD 11-5 discoveries on Block 04/36 in Bohai Bay, China.
-- Denver basin Niobrara gas hunt kicks off Berry Petroleum Co., Bakersfield, Calif., and Bill Barrett Corp., Denver, plan to explore and develop shallow gas in Cretaceous Niobrara in the Denver-Julesburg basin.
-- Pioneer expands Alaska acreage position Pioneer Natural Resources Co., Dallas, is expanding its portfolio of undeveloped lands on the Alaska North Slope to more than 1.6 million gross acres.
-- ESSO lets contract for Chad ESPs Esso Exploration & Production Chad Inc. awarded Wood Group ESP a 10-year contract to supply electric submersible pumping (ESP) systems and related services for three oil fields in the Doba region of southern Chad (OGJ Online, Nov. 24, 2004).
-- Well planned off Trinidad and Tobago ChevronTexaco Corp. and BG Group PLC plan to drill a well early this year on Trinidad and Tobago's Block 6D Manatee Prospect, thought to be a northern extension of Loran gas field in Venezuela.
-- ConocoPhillips, Anadarko to develop North Slope fields ConocoPhillips and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. plan to develop two Alpine satellite oil fields on Alaska's North Slope on the border of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska after gaining favorable rulings from the US Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management and the Corps of Engineers.
-- CNPC, TG World plan three Niger wildcats CNPC International (Tenere) Ltd. and TG World Energy Corp., Calgary, revealed the locations for the first two of three exploration wells planned on the Tenere Permit in eastern Niger.
-- Fayetteville shale drilling hike set in 2006 The $830 million 2006 capital program of Southwestern Energy Co., Houston, will include $338 million for the Mississippian Fayetteville shale gas play in the Arkoma basin in Arkansas (OGJ, Sept. 19, 2005, Newsletter).
-- ExxonMobil cites June accord in Cepu flap ExxonMobil Oil Indonesia Inc. will fight state-owned PT Pertamina for operatorship of the Cepu Block, according to Pres.-Director Peter J. Coleman, who cited a memorandum of understanding signed in June.
-- Palo Duro shale gas drilling to pick up Exploration in a Pennsylvanian Bend shale gas play may soon pick up in the lightly explored Palo Duro basin as operators reach readiness to drill acreage holdings, some of them quite large.
-- ExxonMobil signs EPSA for area off Libya ExxonMobil Libya Ltd. has signed an exploration and production-sharing agreement (EPSA) with Libya's National Oil Corp. for the large offshore Cyrenaica basin Contract Area 44.
-- Indonesia might intervene in Cepu Block talks The Indonesian government said it will intervene in talks between ExxonMobil Oil Indonesia Inc. and Indonesian state-run oil and gas firm PT Pertamina if the two sides reach no agreement over operation of the Cepu Block in east-central Java by the end of next month.
-- Venezuela to offer licenses off east coast Venezuela plans to offer a series of new offshore exploration and production licenses next year in the Gulf of Paria and Plataforma Deltana, said Minister of Petroleum and Mines Rafael Ramirez.
-- Statoil assessing Gudrun development Statoil AS has begun drilling to assess development of the 1975 Gudrun oil, gas, and condensate discovery in the Sleipner area of the Norwegian North Sea.
-- Nigeria-Sao Tome JDA A unit of Addax Petroleum NV, Geneva, replaced Noble Energy Inc., Houston, in the Block 4 consortium in the Sao Tome & Principe Joint Development Zone in the Gulf of Guinea.
-- Newfield, ExxonMobil to explore S. Texas prospects Newfield Exploration Co., Houston, and Exxon Mobil Corp. have agreed to jointly explore and develop 52,000 gross acres of ExxonMobil's properties in Kenedy, Starr, and Hidalgo counties in South Texas.