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Exploration Development 2005 P4

  • Wed Oct 12 15:10:00 CDT 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.
  • Mon Oct 10 15:10:00 CDT 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.
  • Wed Oct 05 09:10:00 CDT 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.
  • Thu Oct 27 14:10:00 CDT 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.
  • Thu Oct 20 15:10:00 CDT 2005 -- Equatorial Guinea gets Douala basin strike
    Noble Energy Inc., Houston, gauged Equatorial Guinea's first hydrocarbon discovery in the Douala basin.
  • Fri Dec 30 14:12:00 CST 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.
  • Fri Dec 30 13:12:00 CST 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.
  • Fri Dec 30 10:12:00 CST 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.
  • Thu Dec 29 14:12:00 CST 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.
  • Thu Dec 29 13:12:00 CST 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.
  • Thu Dec 29 11:12:00 CST 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).
  • Thu Dec 29 11:12:00 CST 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.
  • Tue Dec 20 12:12:00 CST 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.
  • Tue Dec 20 09:12:00 CST 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.
  • Fri Dec 16 12:12:00 CST 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.
  • Wed Dec 14 10:12:00 CST 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.
  • Wed Dec 14 10:12:00 CST 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.
  • Tue Dec 13 16:12:00 CST 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.
  • Tue Dec 13 16:12:00 CST 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.
  • Tue Dec 13 12:12:00 CST 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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