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Exploration Development 2005 P

  • 02/11/2005 -- Russia to exclude foreign bidders
    Non-Russian companies will be precluded from bidding on major resource-development projects in Russia this year.
  • 02/11/2005 -- Niko chases oil in Hazira gas field off India
    Niko Resources Ltd., Calgary, plans to further delineate a hefty oil pay zone at its Hazira gas field just off western India in the Cambay basin.
  • 02/15/2005 -- Pemex cancels Ricos gas block tender
    Mexico's national oil company Petroleos Mexicanos said that no bids were received for an international tender under the multiple service contract program for the Ricos Block in the Burgos basin.
  • 02/15/2005 -- New tests prove Uganda well noncommercial
    Heritage Oil Corp., Calgary, reported that new tests of the Turaco-3 well on Block 3 in Uganda showed that carbon dioxide is dominant, but the company maintains that the basin is still highly prospective for oil.
  • 02/15/2005 -- BP makes fifth find on Block 31 off Angola
    BP Exploration (Angola) Ltd. has made a fifth oil discovery, Palas-1, on ultradeepwater Block 31, off Angola.
  • 02/16/2005 -- Berkine appraisal well finds new Triassic pay
    Appraisal wells on Ledjmet Block 405b in the Berkine basin discovered a new pay zone of Middle Triassic age and indicated extension of several pools in Menzel Ledjmet East gas-condensate field, said First Calgary Petroleums Ltd., Calgary.
  • 02/16/2005 -- Tunisia Tyrrhenian basin due seismic surveys
    Tunisia's state-owned ETAP has let a contract to PGS Geophysical AS, Lysaker, Norway, to acquire exclusive 2D and 3D seismic data in the Tyrrhenian basin, off northern Tunisia.
  • 02/17/2005 -- Tests prove oil on Gabon's Koula prospect
    Shell Gabon SA and coventurer Pan-Ocean Energy Corp. Ltd. Helier, Jersey, UK, have completed a 6-day well test on its recently drilled AWOKOU-1 ST3 appraisal well on the Awoun permit in Gabon, West Africa.
  • 02/18/2005 -- Woodside tests well off Mauritania
    Woodside Mauritania Pty. Ltd.'s majority-owned and operated Tiof-6 appraisal well off Mauritania has flowed high rates of oil and gas during production tests.
  • 02/18/2005 -- Well off Trinidad and Tobago scores gas
    ChevronTexaco Corp. and 50:50 partner British Gas PLC have confirmed that their Manatee 1 exploration well on Block 6d off Trinidad and Tobago has encountered "significant amounts of natural gas." ChevronTexaco operates the well, its first off Trinidad and Tobago.
  • 02/18/2005 -- Lukoil exits Zykh-Govsany project
    OAO Lukoil subsidiary Lukoil Overseas Holding Ltd. has exited the Zykh-Govsany field-rehabilitation project in Azerbaijan with the approval of its 50:50 partner State Oil Co. of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).
  • 02/21/2005 -- Eni makes oil discovery in deepwater Gulf of Mexico
    Eni SPA reported an oil discovery on Green Canyon Block 298 in deep water, 260 km south of New Orleans. The Allegheny South exploration well was drilled to 4,870 m TD in 1,000 m of water.
  • 02/22/2005 -- El Paso has deep gas find off Louisiana
    El Paso Production Co. has discovered gas in the deep shelf of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 02/24/2005 -- Topas pilot flow starts off Norway
    Statoil ASA has begun production from its Topas discovery in the Norwegian North Sea in a pilot phase approved by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
  • 02/24/2005 -- CNR to develop Horizon oil sands
    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNR), Calgary, will proceed with the first phase of development of the Horizon oil sands leases near Fort McMurray, Alta., via mining and upgrading of bitumen.
  • 02/25/2005 -- Indian firms invited to South Pars work
    Iran has extended an official invitation to Indian oil and gas companies to participate in development of giant South Pars natural gas field off Iran.
  • 02/25/2005 -- Sumitomo buys 10 GOM blocks, boosting US presence
    Japan's Sumitomo Corp. acquired stakes in 10 oil and gas blocks off Louisiana as part of an effort to boost its presence in the US as a producer and retailer of natural gas.
  • 02/25/2005 -- Pakistan awards Eni PSAs in Indus Delta
    Pakistan executed production-sharing agreements Feb. 25 with Eni Pakistan Ltd. for two offshore blocks in the Indus Delta: Block No. 2366-4 (Offshore Indus-M) and Block No. 2366-5 (Offshore Indus-N)—each covering 2,500 sq km.
  • 02/25/2005 -- Vessel due Agbami field off Nigeria
    ChevronTexaco Corp., operator of the 1998 Agbami discovery in deep water off Nigeria, let a contract to Daewoo Shipping and Maritime Engineering Corp. for a 7-billion-kroner production and storage ship to be used in the field's development.
  • 02/25/2005 -- Coal measures yield gas at Perth basin wildcat
    Arc Energy Ltd., Perth, reported a flow of 3.7 MMcfd of gas from Permian Irwin River coal measures at the Corybas-1 exploration well on Production License L2 in the northern Perth basin in Western Australia.

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