-- ROC Oil cutting Bohai Bay production ROC Oil Ltd., Sydney, said gross production from C and D oil fields on Zhao Dong Block in China's Bohai Bay was reduced to 22,000 b/d from 30,000 b/d based upon government-approved 2006 production levels.
-- PTTEP to ramp up Arthit field gas production Thailand's PTT Exploration & Production PLC (PTTEP) plans to increase production by as much as 45% from its Arthit gas field in the Gulf of Thailand, in the first 3 years of operation.
-- Heerema to remove North West Hutton platform BP PLC has let a contract to Heerema Marine Contractors for the main decommissioning work on its North West Hutton integrated drilling, production processing, and accommodation platform 130 km northeast of the Shetland Islands in the UK North Sea.
-- Santos begins Maleo field production off Java Santos Ltd., Adelaide, has begun natural gas production from Maleo field off eastern Java under a $550 million deal with Indonesia's state-owned PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN).
-- ADCO to boost oil production from three fields Abu Dhabi Co. for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) let a front-end engineering and design contract to Foster Wheeler International Corp. to boost production from three mature oil fields.
-- Petro-Canada brings North Sea field on line Petro-Canada has begun oil production from De Ruyter oil and gas field on Blocks P10a and P11b on the Dutch continental shelf in the southern portion of the North Sea.
-- Companies sign MOU for Gjoa topsides Statoil ASA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Aker Kvaerner for the fabrication and mating of the topsides of the semisubmersible platform planned for Gjøa oil and gas field in the Norwegian North Sea (OGJ Online, Aug. 24, 2006).
-- US drilling declines US drilling activity declined by 10 rotary rigs to 1,744 units working the week ended Sept. 29, up from 1,483 a year ago, said Baker Hughes Inc. Land drilling led the decline.
-- Statoil reduces oil, gas production target Statoil ASA is modifying its target for oil and gas production in 2007 by about 3% because its 2006 production is expected to be 3% lower than the earlier prognosis.
-- Installation of ESS due two North Sea fields Petro-Canada has let a multimillion dollar contract to Weatherford International Ltd. for installation of expandable sand screens (ESS) in producing wells at Guillemot and Saxon oil fields, northeast of Aberdeen in the North Sea.