-- 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.
-- Sharjah Sky Petroleum Inc., Austin, said agreement is reached on the first two infill well locations to be drilled late this year or in early 2006 in Mubarek oil and gas field in the Persian Gulf off the United Arab Emirates.
-- FX Energy advances E&D projects in Poland FX Energy Inc., Salt Lake City, operator of the Wilga-2 natural gas and condensate well on the Lublin concession about 100 miles southeast of Warsaw in Poland's Permian basin, has let contract to the Polish firm PBG SA to develop the discovery.
-- 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.
-- Chevron to develop Gulf of Mexico field Chevron Corp. plans to develop Blind Faith oil and gas field in 7,000 ft of water 160 miles southeast of New Orleans on Mississippi Canyon Blocks 695 and 696.
-- Sakhalin V area wildcat flows oil on test CJSC Elvary Neftegas, a Rosneft and BP joint venture, has drilled and tested the second exploratory well on the 6,000 sq km Kaigansky-Vasuykansky exploration license in the southern portion of the Sakhalin V acreage 40 km off northeastern Sakhalin Island.
-- Indian, South Korean firms to explore off Myanmar South Korean trading firm Daewoo International Corp., in partnership with two Indian state-run oil and gas companies and a South Korean gas corporation, has signed an agreement to explore Block A3 off Myanmar.
-- Lundin to plug Aje-3 appraisal in Nigeria Lundin Petroleum AB will plug and abandon its Aje-3 appraisal well in 3,100 ft of water on Block OML 113 in the Benin basin off Nigeria (OGJ, May 2, 2005, p. 58).
-- Roc Oil eyes higher Cliff Head oil recovery Roc Oil Ltd., Sydney, operator of the Cliff Head oil field development off Perth basin in Western Australia, has flagged a possible addition of $13 million (Aus.) to its project development budget of $227 million to recover an extra 1 million bbl of oil.
-- ONGC to explore block off central Vietnam ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL), the overseas arm of India's state-owned Oil & Natural Gas Corp., expects to sign in November a contract for 100% interest in Block 127 in the Phu Khanh basin off central Vietnam.