-- S. Korea assessing N. Korean development South Korea's government is seeking to jointly develop North Korean oil and natural gas resources and is currently evaluating their commercial potential.
-- Hydrocarbons found in Miocene off India The P1-A deepwater well on Block D6 in the Krishna-Godavari basin off eastern India became the first hydrocarbon discovery in the Miocene interval, said participant Niko Resources Ltd., Calgary.
-- Premier, Shell plan wildcat off Pakistan A consortium led by operator Shell Development & Offshore Pakistan BV plans to invest more than $40 million to drill an exploratory well in Block 2365-1 on the Indus E deepwater oil exploration license off Pakistan.
-- CNOOC, partners to survey Spratly Islands area China National Offshore Oil Corp., Philippine National Oil Co., and Vietnam Oil & Gas Corp. have agreed to shoot marine seismic surveys around the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
-- SOCO wildcat strikes oil off Vietnam SOCO International PLC, London, said its wildcat well TGT-1X confirmed the presence of oil in sedimentary clastic reservoirs on eastern Block 16-1 off Vietnam.
-- Firm takes option on block in Washington A unit of Torrent Energy Corp., Vancouver, BC, took an option on a large acreage block held by a major forest products company in southwestern Washington.
-- Statoil begins laying long Snøhvit umbilical Statoil has begun to lay the 144 km umbilical that will link its Snøhvit development in the Barents Sea with the control room of the gas liquefaction plant on Melkøya Island near Hammerfest in northern Norway.
-- Tub-Karagan abandons Kazakh Caspian wildcat Tub-Karagan Operating Co. BV abandoned the first exploration well on the Tub-Karagan Block in the Caspian Sea off Kazakhstan after drilling to the planned TD of 2,500 m.