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Exploration Development 2005 P5

  • 12/12/2005 -- New Brunswick field due link to M&NE gas line
    The McCully gas field, where six wells underwent a battery of nine frac jobs in October and November, is now sufficiently productive to justify a connection to the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline system to New England, said the operator, Corridor Resources Inc., Halifax.
  • 12/12/2005 -- Seismic survey starts on Hassi Mouina block
    A seismic survey is under way on the Hassi Mouina gas block in Algeria, reported Statoil ASA, the operator. Plans call for a wildcat to be spudded during 2006.
  • 12/09/2005 -- BG Group signs EPSAs for areas in Libya
    BG Group PLC has signed three exploration and production-sharing agreements (EPSAs) for onshore Libyan Blocks 123 (1) and 123 (2), in the Sirte basin and onshore Area 171 (Blocks 1, 2, 3, and 4), in the Kufra basin (see map, OGJ, Oct. 24, 2005, p. 42).
  • 12/09/2005 -- Transeuro to explore in Papua New Guinea
    Transeuro Energy Corp., Vancouver, BC, opened an office in Port Moresby to support exploration and development of its four petroleum prospecting licenses in Papua New Guinea.
  • 12/07/2005 -- MMS again proposes Cook Inlet Sale 199
    The US Minerals Management Service again is soliciting indications of industry interest in Cook Inlet Sale 199, involving 2.5 million acres of federal land south of Kalgin Island 3-30 nautical miles off Alaska.
  • 12/07/2005 -- BPZ Energy advances projects in NW Peru
    BPZ Energy Inc., Houston, reported progress on projects in the Tumbes, Talara, and Lancones basins in northwestern Peru.
  • 12/06/2005 -- Several zones yield oil at Neuquen find
    Petrolifera Petroleum Ltd., a private Calgary independent, is producing oil from two formations at an apparently substantial discovery in Argentina's Neuquen basin.
  • 12/06/2005 -- Yemen Mayfair to plug Beta-1 test in Yemen
    Oracle Energy Corp., Vancouver, BC, said it has been notified by operator Yemen Mayfair Petroleum Corp. (YMPC) that a drillstem test of the Beta-1 well on Block 22 in Yemen was concluded Dec. 4 with no hydrocarbons recovered.
  • 12/06/2005 -- Petronas makes gas discovery off Sarawak
    Malaysia's Petronas said development is possible of the Kanowit-1 natural gas discovery on Block SK306 off Sarawak.
  • 12/06/2005 -- Well off Mauritania encounters hydrocarbons
    Dana Petroleum PLC unit Dana Petroleum (E&P) Ltd. reported that its Faucon-1 exploration well, being drilled on Block 1 off Mauritania, has encountered hydrocarbon-bearing sandstone in the main Cretaceous target horizon.
  • 12/05/2005 -- Statoil gets ministry nod for Tyrihans work
    Statoil ASA has received approval from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for development of Tyrihans oil and gas field in the Norwegian Sea.
  • 12/02/2005 -- Saipem to install six KMZ platforms for Pemex
    Pemex Exploracion y Produccion has let contract to Saipem SPA for offshore transport and installation of six platforms in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap (KMZ) fields development project in the Bay of Campeche, 105 km northwest of Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico.
  • 12/02/2005 -- Saipem gets contract for Marimba field work
    Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Ltd. has let a lump-sum, turnkey contract to Saipem SPA for development of Marimba oil field in 4,230 ft of water off Angola.
  • 12/02/2005 -- Shell to explore deep targets in Ukraine
    Ukraine's national oil company Naftogaz Ukrainy and Shell Exploration & Production Co. signed a cooperation agreement covering deep exploration in the Dniepr-Donets basin.
  • 12/02/2005 -- DNO spuds wildcat in far northern Iraq
    DNO ASA, Oslo, has spudded a well in far northern Iraq under production sharing agreements signed with the Kurdistan regional government in June 2004.
  • 11/29/2005 -- BHP Billiton to develop field off Australia
    BHP Billiton Ltd. and equal joint venture partner Woodside Energy Ltd. have approved the $600 million development of Stybarrow oil field in the WA-255-P(2) permit 65 km off Western Australia (see map, OGJ, Aug. 4, 2003, Newsletter).
  • 11/28/2005 -- MMS issues notice for OCS Sale 198
    The US Minerals Management Service has issued a proposed notice for Central Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale 198 scheduled Mar. 15, 2006.
  • 11/23/2005 -- Pakistani gas field due more development
    BHP Billiton will increase gas plant capacity by 50% to a total of 450 MMcfd in the second phase of development of Zamzama gas field in Pakistan.
  • 11/23/2005 -- Australian firm drilling in northern Italy
    Po Valley Energy Ltd., Sydney, has increased its drilling in northern Italy. The company spudded the Sillaro-1 deviated appraisal-development well about 25 km east of Bologna.
  • 11/23/2005 -- Kentucky project shows strength of gas market
    High prices are enabling US gas producers to extract natural gas from marginal properties.

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