-- Fort Hills files plan for heavy oil upgrader Petro-Canada Oil Sands Inc. filed an application with the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board for the construction and operation of a heavy oil upgrader 40 km northeast of Edmonton, Alta.
-- US drilling activity continues to climb US drilling activity continued to climb, up by 7 units this week with 1,724 rotary rigs working, compared with 1,483 during the same period a year ago, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- E&P firms compete to drill 180 UKCS wells in 2006-08 Oil and gas exploration and production firms operating in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) are planning to drill about 180 wells in 2006-08, according to a report published by North Sea consultancy Hannon Westwood.
-- CLP, CNOOC clash over Yacheng gas supply outlook CLP Holdings has rejected claims by its gas supplier, a consortium of CNOOC, BP, and Kufpec, that Yacheng gas field off Hainan Island has sufficient reserves to supply Hong Kong through 2036.
-- Lukoil unit awards Keppel Singmarine FSO deal Keppel Singmarine Pte. Ltd., Singapore, has secured an $87.7 million floating container construction contract from Lukoil-NVN Ltd., a subsidiary of Russia's OAO Lukoil, for eventual deployment in the Caspian Sea.
-- US drilling activity declines US drilling activity slumped this week with 1,716 rotary rigs working, 8 fewer than the previous week but up from 1,463 rigs during the same period a year ago, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- Petrobras starts up P-34 FPSO off Brazil Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has brought online the P-34 floating production, storage, and offloading vessel, establishing first-phase production of Jubarte field off Espirito Santo, Brazil.
-- Baseline sees Eliasville infill potential Baseline Oil & Gas Corp. has identified as many as 52 locations for possible infill drilling on leases it is acquiring from a private company in Eliasville field 90 miles west of Fort Worth.
-- Statoil secures rig for Gjøa project Statoil ASA, development operator of Gjøa oil and gas field off western Norway, has signed a 3-year contract with Transocean Offshore for the Transocean Searcher semisubmersible.
-- Lundin, Marathon to explore off Norway Lundin Petroleum AB plans to pursue a proactive exploration and appraisal strategy on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and has entered a rig contract partnership with Marathon Petroleum Co. (Norway).
-- Kvitebjorn field production reduced in North Sea Natural gas and oil production from Kvitebjørn field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea is being reduced by 50% for 5 months, effective Dec. 23, said operator Statoil ASA.
-- OMV begins first oil deliveries from Yemen OMV AG has begun production of 1,000 b/d of oil from its Kharwah-1 well on Block S2 (Al Uqlah) in central Yemen, and it plans to deliver 11,000 b/d of oil by 2008.
-- Fires force shut-in of Panhandle production Cano Petroleum Inc. has shut in production of 800 b/d of oil equivalent from Panhandle oil field in the North Texas counties of Hutchinson, Gray, and Carson due to grass fires in the area.
-- PDVSA shuts down ExxonMobil's La Ceiba field Venezuela's national oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA is reported to have shut down ExxonMobil Corp.'s La Ceiba oil field in Venezuela by canceling the lifting of about 12,000 b/d of production.
-- Two deepwater gulf fields start gas flow Dominion Exploration & Production has brought gas production on line from Rigel field on Mississippi Canyon Block 296 and Seventeen Hands field on Mississippi Canyon Block 299, both about 120 miles southeast of New Orleans.