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Exploration Development 2005 P4

  • 10/12/2005 -- South Louisiana deep discovery indicated
    McMoRan Exploration Co., New Orleans, plans to set a production liner to attempt completion at an apparent discovery in Vermilion Parish, La.
  • 10/10/2005 -- Shell group finds oil, gas off Malaysia
    Sabah Shell Petroleum Co. Ltd. reported that a Shell-Petronas Carigali-ConocoPhilips venture has discovered oil and natural gas on Malaysia's Block G, its third deepwater discovery off Sabah.
  • 10/05/2005 -- Devon plans first Beaufort Sea well in years
    Devon Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, plans to drill during the 2005-06 winter the first well in the Canadian Beaufort Sea in 15 years.
  • 10/27/2005 -- Total to spend $1.5 billion on Indonesian gas
    Total SA of France plans to spend $1.5 billion on gas development in Indonesia, with a special focus on its offshore Sisi and Nubi fields.
  • 10/20/2005 -- Equatorial Guinea gets Douala basin strike
    Noble Energy Inc., Houston, gauged Equatorial Guinea's first hydrocarbon discovery in the Douala basin.
  • 12/30/2005 -- Endeavour reports 2006 development plans
    Endeavour International Corp., Houston, is budgeting $50 million for oil and gas exploration and development in the North Sea and the Netherlands in 2006, including a 10-well drilling program begun in 2005.
  • 12/30/2005 -- Endeavour's fourth North Sea well unsuccessful
    Endeavour International Corp. has completed the drilling of the fourth well in its 10-well exploration campaign in the North Sea, and it found no hydrocarbons.
  • 12/30/2005 -- Hardman's Maputa-1 well in Uganda delayed
    Hardman Resources Ltd. said drilling on its Maputa-1 well in Uganda has been suspended since Dec. 27 ahead of the arrival of parts to replace a broken driveshaft. The required parts currently are being air-freighted to Uganda.
  • 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.
  • 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 -- 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 -- 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.
  • 12/20/2005 -- 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.
  • 12/20/2005 -- 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.
  • 12/16/2005 -- 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.
  • 12/14/2005 -- 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.
  • 12/14/2005 -- 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.
  • 12/13/2005 -- 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.
  • 12/13/2005 -- 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 -- 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).

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