-- US drilling activity on the rise US drilling activity increased by 20 rotary rigs to 1,717 working this week, up from 1,460 in the same period a year ago, said officials at Baker Hughes Inc.
-- Gorgon geosequestration gets government grant Chevron Australia's Gorgon gas project is still alive following an Australian government grant of $60 million (Aus.) towards the company's proposed carbon capture storage project on Barrow Island.
-- Pride International to extend rig contracts Pride International Inc., Houston, has agreed to extend the existing contract on its deepwater semisubmersible Pride North America for an additional 3 years. The rig is operating off Egypt.
-- Minimal increase seen in US drilling US drilling activity showed little change with a net gain of only 1 rotary rig to 1,697 drilling, up from 1,491 a year ago, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- Co-op programs to drill nine N. Sea wells Six independent oil companies will drill nine wells next year in the central and northern UK North Sea with two semisubmersible rigs under two cooperative programs managed by AGR Peak Well Management Ltd., London.
-- Kuwait planning gas production by 2008 Kuwait, which in March announced the discovery of 35 tcf of free natural gas and a large quantity of light oil in what it called its "northern oil fields," plans to start commercial production of gas late next year or early January 2008.
-- Denser fracs improve Woodford gas flows Gas flow rates are much improved at the more recent horizontal wells with higher frac densities in the Woodford shale play in the Arkoma basin of southeastern Oklahoma, said Newfield Exploration Co., Houston.
-- US drilling inches higher US drilling activity inched up with 3 more rotary rigs working the week ended Nov. 17 for a total of 1,696, up from 1,478 a year ago, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- Shell lets EPC contract for Perdido project Shell Offshore Inc. has let an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to Technip for a production spar hull and mooring system for the Perdido hub project in the Gulf of Mexico 200 miles south of Freeport, Tex.
-- Regulators approve Suncor's oil sands projects Suncor Energy Inc. said the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) on Nov. 14 approved the company's application to build a third oil sands upgrader, Voyageur, and approved plans to develop the Steepbank mine expansion.
-- Terra Nova production resumes off St. John's Production from Terra Nova oil field resumed Nov. 12, following completion of a planned maintenance turnaround on the Terra Nova FPSO vessel (OGJ, Sept. 11, 2006, Newsletter).
-- GlobalSantaFe, BHP agree to extend rig contracts GlobalSantaFe Corp. has signed agreements with BHP Billiton Ltd. to extend the contracts on two ultradeepwater drilling rigs for additional 4-year terms. The rigs currently are operating in the Gulf of Mexico.
-- US rig count drops by 46 units US drilling activity dropped significantly the week ended Nov. 10, down by 46 units, with 1,693 rotary rigs working, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- KMV plans three more gas wells in Oklahoma Mammoth Energy Group Inc. subsidiary KMV Consulting, Denver, currently drilling five wells in its shallow gas project in Rogers County, Okla., has made arrangements to drill three more wells there.
-- Fortune Oil begins CBM drilling in China A unit of Fortune Oil PLC has begun drilling its first pilot well on the Liulin Block in the eastern Ordos basin of Shanxi Province, China. The Ordos basin is one of the world's largest CBM resource areas.
-- Chevron brings on more production off Angola Chevron Corp. subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Co. Ltd. has begun oil production from the Landana North reservoir in the Tombua-Landana development area, Chevron's third operated deepwater development off Angola.
-- Total unit enters production phase at Joslyn project Deer Creek Energy Ltd., a recent subsidiary of Total SA, has started the commercial production phase of the Joslyn project in the Athabasca region, 60 km northwest of Fort McMurray, Alta. Deer Creek is an 84% interest owner and operator of the Joslyn lease.