-- 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).
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Hydro awards upgrade contract for Brage platform Norsk Hydro has awarded Norwegian petroleum services company Aker Kvaerner a 150 million kroner contract for the upgrade of Hydro's reinjection water system on the Brage oil and gas platform in the Norwegian North Sea.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.