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Drilling Production 2006 P

  • 03/07/2006 -- Contract let for fourth Karachaganak train
    Petrofac Ltd., Woking, UK, has secured an engineering services contract for a fourth train of the processing complex at Karachaganak gas and condensate field in Kazakhstan.
  • 03/08/2006 -- Shell, Statoil propose CO2 project off Norway
    Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Statoil ASA agreed to work together toward a project that would capture carbon dioxide from power plants and use it for enhanced oil recovery at Draugen and Heidrun oil and gas fields off Norway.
  • 03/08/2006 -- Statoil confirms cause of platform gas leak
    Statoil ASA has confirmed that the cause of a Jan. 19 gas leak on the Visund platform in the North Sea was a design fault on a knock-out drum.
  • 03/10/2006 -- Imperial Energy begins Tomsk oil production
    Imperial Energy Corp. PLC, London, has begun production "at rates in line with expectations" from wells Snezhnaya 135 and Dvoinoye 2 on Block 77 in the Tomsk region of western Siberia. Tomsk's main reservoir is in the deep Jurassic.
  • 03/10/2006 -- US drilling shows small increase
    The recent decline in US drilling appeared to be bottoming out, with this week's count up by 1 unit to 1,532 compared with 1,282 working rigs during the same period last year, said Baker Hughes Inc. Mar. 10.
  • 03/14/2006 -- IEA reclassifies Venezuelan heavy crude
    The International Energy Agency has reclassified Venezuelan extra-heavy oil in its reports of worldwide oil production.
  • 03/15/2006 -- Plan addresses flagging Aussie oil output
    The Australian government and petroleum industry have jointly launched an outline plan to increase Australia's flagging oil production, make Australia one of the world's top five LNG exporters, and double domestic use natural gas.
  • 03/16/2006 -- Ivanhoe Energy upgrades heavy oil bottoms
    Ivanhoe Energy Inc. has upgraded vacuum tower bottoms (VTBs) derived from heavy oil at its heavy-oil upgrading demonstration facility in California.
  • 03/17/2006 -- Cannonball flows gas off Trinidad and Tobago
    BP Trinidad & Tobago said the $250 million Cannonball platform started gas production off Trinidad and Tobago on Mar. 12. The unmanned platform is 35 km off Galeota Point, Mayaro, in 231 ft of water.
  • 03/17/2006 -- US drilling increases by 14 units
    US drilling increased this week, up by 14 units with 1,546 rotary rigs at work, up from 1,320 during this period last year, said Baker Hughes Inc.
  • 03/21/2006 -- Engineering set for Husky upgrader expansion
    Husky Energy Inc., Calgary, has approved plans to immediately begin the $90 million detailed engineering to increase capacity of its Lloydminster heavy oil upgrader to 150,000 b/d (OGJ Online, Dec. 2, 2005).
  • 03/22/2006 -- Rigless installation called region's first
    BJ Tubular Services has completed off Ivory Coast what it said is the region's first rigless conductor installation.
  • 03/23/2006 -- DSI to handle deepwater semi certification
    An affiliate of Enterprise Product Partners has let a contract to Deepwater Specialists Inc. for mechanical completion certification services for the Independence Hub semi production facility under development on MC Block 920 in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 03/24/2006 -- S&P sees strong year for US drilling contractors
    US drilling contractors will have higher day rates and greater pricing leverage for service costs this year compared with last year, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said in a Mar. 24 report.
  • 03/27/2006 -- P-50 FPSO en route to Albacora Leste field
    Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) reported that the P-50 floating production, storage, and offloading vessel is en route to Albacora Leste oil field in the Campos basin off Brazil (see map, OGJ, Aug. 9, 2004, p. 37).
  • 03/27/2006 -- Heavy oil flow system due test in India
    Cairn Energy PLC has let a contract to Oilflow Solutions Ltd. to conduct field trials for a system to improve flow characteristics of heavy oil in Rajasthan oil field in northwestern India.
  • 03/28/2006 -- South East Mananda oil field comes on stream
    Oil Search Ltd., Sydney, started production from its $145 million South East Mananda oil field development project in the southern highlands of Papua New Guinea. Oil Search received development approval for the field early last year (OGJ, Feb. 14, 2005, Newsletter).
  • 03/28/2006 -- Production starts in Sonoran workover program
    Sonoran Energy Inc. has begun production of more than 100 b/d of oil equivalent from three of four wells in the first phase of a workover program in Louisiana.
  • 03/30/2006 -- Total starts up Glenelg field off the UK
    Total SA has started production from Glenelg gas and condensate field in 100 m of water in the UK North Sea, 240 km east of Aberdeen.
  • 03/31/2006 -- Canada's rig count plunges as US total rises
    Canada's rotary rig count plummeted by about one-third the week ended Mar. 31, dropping by 214 rigs, reported Baker Hughes Inc., Houston.

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