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Drilling Production 2006 P14

  • 02/27/2006 -- Otway basin CO2 sequestration trial advances
    Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC), Canberra, has been awarded two production licenses in the onshore Otway basin of western Victoria in which to conduct its first carbon dioxide sequestration trial.
  • 02/24/2006 -- US rig count slips to 1,543
    US drilling slipped to 1,543 rotary rigs working, 2 fewer than the previous week but up from 1,281 during the same period last year, said Baker Hughes Inc.
  • 02/23/2006 -- Saudi Aramco lets contracts for land rigs
    Saudi Aramco has let four drilling contracts to Al-Rushaid Parker Drilling LLC, a new 50-50 joint venture of Parker Drilling Co., Houston, and Abdullah Rasheed Al-Rushaid Co. for Drilling Oil & Gas Ltd.
  • 02/22/2006 -- Petrobras seeks bids on deepwater rigs
    Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) announced two competitive rounds for contracts for deepwater drilling rigs.
  • 02/17/2006 -- US drilling continues to grow
    US drilling continued to expand with 1,545 rotary rigs working, 13 more than the previous week and up from 1,295 a year ago, Baker Hughes reported Feb. 17.
  • 02/17/2006 -- Petrobras starts Golfinho test production
    Brazil's state-owned Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) reported that the Seillean floating production, storage, and offloading vessel has begun operations in Golfinho field in the Espírito Santo basin. Production from the field, which is in a test phase to evaluate reservoir behavior, is currently 21,000 b/d of oil.
  • 02/16/2006 -- Alberta storms stunt EnCana's 2005 drilling
    Three heavy rainstorms and severe ensuing floods in June 2005 allowed EnCana Corp., Calgary, to complete only 80% of the gas wells it planned to drill last year and add 80% of its forecast gas production additions.
  • 02/14/2006 -- Hurricanes worsen Louisiana's sliding output
    Damage from two hurricanes and a global shortage of overwater rigs led to unusually large declines in Louisiana's oil and gas production in 2005, state figures show.
  • 02/13/2006 -- Repairs shut down two fields off Norway
    Statoil ASA on Feb. 8 shut down production of 20 million cu m/day of gas and about 60,000 b/d of condensate on the Kvitebjørn platform in the Norwegian North Sea to repair flare knockout drum plates.
  • 02/13/2006 -- Five contracts let for drilling off India
    India's Oil & Natural Gas Corp. Ltd. (ONGC) has awarded five 3-year contracts to Transocean Inc. for jack ups to drill off India.
  • 02/10/2006 -- US drilling continues to climb
    US drilling continued to explore new 20-year highs with 1,532 rotary rigs working, 19 more than the previous week and up from 1,280 during the same period last year, Baker Hughes Inc. reported Feb. 10.
  • 02/10/2006 -- Statoil to use Odfjell semi in Norwegian Sea
    Statoil ASA has signed a 2.35 billion kroner ($350 million) draft deal with Odfjell Drilling AS for drilling by the Deepsea Bergen semisubmersible in the Halten-Nordland area of the Norwegian Sea.
  • 02/09/2006 -- Crescent lets contract for two Mubarek wells
    Crescent Petroleum Co. Inc. has let a contract to Indonesian drilling company PT Apexindo Pratama Duta to drill two wells in Mubarek oil and gas field off Sharjah.
  • 02/03/2006 -- US drilling activity hits 20-year high
    US drilling activity hit the highest level in 20 years with 1,513 rotary rigs working this week. That's 26 more than the previous week and up from 1,248 at this time last year, said Baker Hughes Inc.
  • 02/02/2006 -- Casino gas field on stream off Victoria
    Production has begun from Casino gas field operated by Santos Ltd. in the offshore Otway basin of western Victoria, Australia (see map, OGJ, Oct. 24, 2005, p. 51).
  • 02/02/2006 -- Terax Energy completing Barnett shale wells
    The Mitchell 3-H horizontal well on an 11,300-acre block in the Forth Worth basin of Erath County, Tex. has reached total measured depth of 6,710 ft, reported Terax Energy Inc., Dallas.
  • 02/01/2006 -- Fort Hills plans Alberta oil sands upgrader
    Fort Hills Energy Corp. plans to build an oil sands upgrading facility on 1,800 hectares in Sturgeon County, 40 km northeast of Edmonton, Alta.
  • 01/27/2006 -- Toreador due production in France, Turkey
    Toreador Resources Corp., Dallas, reported progress on exploration and production programs in France's Paris basin and offshore Turkey.
  • 01/27/2006 -- Repsol YPF cuts oil and gas reserves estimate by 25%
    Spain's Repsol YPF SA has cut its estimate for proved oil and gas reserves by 1.254 billion boe, a 25% reduction from the yearend 2004 estimate it reported last year.
  • 01/27/2006 -- Cairn taps Mustang for Mangala work in India
    A Cairn Energy unit let a contract to Mustang Engineering for FEED verification and detail EPC management services for the Mangala production facility to be built in western India.

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