-- Syncrude restarting Mildred Lake plant Syncrude Canada Ltd. has introduced bitumen feed into Coker 8-3 at its Mildred Lake oil sands plant in Alberta in a phased-restart of Stage 3 operations.
-- Oregon coalbed methane drilling planned A Seattle independent has received 15 drilling permits and built the first six locations for coalbed methane drilling to start this month in Coos County, Ore.
-- US drilling declines for third week US drilling activity continued to slip for the third consecutive week with 1,728 rotary rigs working, 4 fewer than the previous week but up from 1,441 during the same period last year, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- Brooks Range prepares for ANS drilling season Brooks Range Petroleum Corp. (BRPC), operator of an Alaskan North Slope joint venture led by TG World Corp., has signed contracts, separately, with Nabors Drilling Alaska and a unit of Michael Baker Corp. as part of its preparation for the Alaska 2006-07 drilling season.
-- Eurasia Drilling lets $65 million rig contract Abbot Group PLC's land rig design engineering and fabrication subsidiary Bentec has been awarded a $65 million contract by Eurasia Drilling, formerly the drilling subsidiary of OAO Lukoil, for four 250-tonne, fast-moving hybrid rigs, derived from Bentec's original HR5000 design.
-- JED wins 20-acre Jonah/Pinedale spacing JED Oil Inc., Calgary, and JMG Exploration Inc., with which JED is pursuing a merger, said they can drill as many as 32 additional wells on JED acreage in the Pinedale/Jonah area of Wyoming under a density ruling by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
-- BP seeks DOT nod to resume Prudhoe Bay production BP PLC submitted an application Sept. 13 to the US Department of Transportation requesting authorization to resume production in the Eastern Operating Area (EOA) of Prudhoe Bay for the purposes of pigging.
-- US rig count rebounds After dropping during the previous 3 weeks, US drilling activity recovered somewhat, with 1,737 rotary rigs working9 more than last week and up from 1,436 during the same period a year ago.
-- Sonatrach awards ABB pump station EPC contract Algeria's state-owned Sonatrach has awarded ABB Group, Zurich, a $215 million contract to construct two pumping stations and automation systems on the 665-km NK-1 oil pipeline linking oil fields in Algeria at Haoud El Hamra with the Mediterranean port of Skikda.
-- ReedHycalog: worldwide rig fleets see growth Due to improved market conditions influenced by high oil and gas prices, the numbers of available rigs in the US, Canada, global offshore mobile, and international land rigs all rose this year, according to Grant Prideco's 53rd annual ReedHycalog Rig Census.
-- BP gets DOT clearance to restart Prudhoe Bay field BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. said Sept. 22 it will restart a portion of the Eastern Operating Area (EOA) of Prudhoe Bay field in order to run cleaning pigs and conduct an in-line, smart pig inspection of the oil transit line.
-- IGP completes Santa Caterina well test Intergas Piú (IGP), a subsidiary of Mediterranean Oil & Gas PLC, has achieved successful production test results from its Santa Caterina 2 sidetrack well in Santa Caterina gas field in the Lucera Concession in southern Italy.
-- US drilling continues to increase US drilling activity continued climbing for the third consecutive week, up by 17 rotary rigs to 1,754 working, said Baker Hughes Inc. That's up from 1,451 rigs in this same period a year ago.
-- Installation of ESS due two North Sea fields Petro-Canada has let a multimillion dollar contract to Weatherford International Ltd. for installation of expandable sand screens (ESS) in producing wells at Guillemot and Saxon oil fields, northeast of Aberdeen in the North Sea.
-- Statoil reduces oil, gas production target Statoil ASA is modifying its target for oil and gas production in 2007 by about 3% because its 2006 production is expected to be 3% lower than the earlier prognosis.
-- US drilling declines US drilling activity declined by 10 rotary rigs to 1,744 units working the week ended Sept. 29, up from 1,483 a year ago, said Baker Hughes Inc. Land drilling led the decline.