-- Production due from field off Turkmenistan Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov has signed a decree authorizing his country's ministry of oil and gas to make an agreement with Petronas Carigali (Turkmenistan) Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia) for production from Dyarbekir oil field 50 km off Turkmenistan.
-- Offshore work pushes up US drilling An increase in offshore drilling triggered a small boost in total US activity with 1,627 rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported May 12.
-- Talisman starts new Monkman deep gas well Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, has begun production from another deep gas well in the prolific Monkman area of northeastern British Columbia. It also recently tested gas at strong rates from two Triassic wells there.
-- PetroCanada shuts in Terra Nova production Petro-Canada has shut in production at the Terra Nova oil field 350 km off Newfoundland and Labrador due to a mechanical failure of the gear box on the starboard main power generator.
-- Southwestern marks Fayetteville progress Southwestern Energy Co., Houston, said it produced 1.8 bcf of gas from the eastern Arkoma basin Mississippian Fayetteville shale play in 2005 and booked 101 bcf of proved reserves.
-- Louisiana's Delhi field due EOR project Two independents estimate they might recover 39 to 54 million bbl of oil from Delhi field in northeastern Louisiana in a carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery project that could cost $200 million or more.
-- Shah Deniz platform installed in Caspian BP PLC, operator of Shah Deniz natural gas and condensate field in the Caspian Sea off Azerbaijan, has completed installation of the production platform and associated pipelines 100 km south of Baku.
-- US drilling activity increases again US drilling continued to increase with 1,625 rotary rigs working, 17 more than the previous week and up from 1,324 during the same period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported May 5.
-- Syncrude's third-phase expansion on stream Canadian Oil Sands Trust said all third-phase expansion units came on stream at Syncrude Canada Ltd.'s oil sands plant in Fort McMurray, Alta., on May 6.
-- Shortages delay start-up of Thai gas field Shortages of materials and supplies will delay start-up of Arthit gas field in the Gulf of Thailand, says PTT Exploration & Production PLC (PTTEP), the operator.
-- Perth basin gets first offshore oil flow The offshore Perth basin of Western Australia is producing oil for the first time ever following start-up of Cliff Head field by a group operated by Roc Oil Co. Ltd., Sydney.
-- Reserves lifted for East African gas field Wells in Songo Songo gas field off eastern Tanzania showed a pressure decline of less than 2% in 2005, and analysis permitted a reserves increase despite no new drilling.
-- Chevron lets Tahiti control system contract Chevron USA Inc. has let a contract to Mustang Engineering for design and procurement of the integrated control safety system for the Tahiti deepwater facilities.
-- Lakes Oil mulls Gippsland basin tight gas farmins China's Sinopec is negotiating a farmin to a Lakes Oil NI tight gas project in Victoria's onshore Gippsland basin and is sending a team from Bejing to visit the fields and evaluate field data.