-- Venezuelan oil exports to US down 6% Venezuela's oil exports to the US decreased by 6% in the first quarter, according to the US Department of Energy. Venezuela shipped 178.2 million bbl of oil and oil products to the US in the first quarter, compared with 190.1 million bbl in the same period of 2005.
-- Ivanhoe resumes tests at heavy oil facility Ivanhoe Energy Inc. has resumed test runs at its heavy oil upgrading commercial demonstration facility (CDF) in Bakersfield, Calif., after a series of upgrades (OGJ, Mar. 27, 2006, Newsletter).
-- TX Holdings plans work on Texas leases TX Holdings Inc. believes 2 years of development can lift production to nearly 3,000 b/d from Eastland County, Tex., leases in which it has acquired a 60% working interest.
-- Statoil modifying platforms for Tyrihans field Statoil has awarded a 440 million kroner contract to Norway's Aker Reinertsen to integrate development of Tyrihans oil and gas field onto the Kristin and Aasgard B platforms in the Norwegian Sea.
-- Ithaca Energy secures jack up for North Sea Ithaca Energy's subsidiary Energy (UK) Ltd. has let contract to Global Santa Fe turnkey drilling contractor Applied Drilling Technology International for two wells in the UK North Sea in 2007.
-- Syncrude to restart new coker FGD unit Syncrude Canada Ltd. is preparing to restart a coker flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) unit at its Mildred Lake oil sands plant in Alberta, reported Canadian Oil Sands Trust.
-- Husky boosts activities in the Jeanne d'Arc basin Husky Energy Inc. has started drilling a well in the Jeanne d'Arc basin off Newfoundland and Labrador using Rowan Cos. Inc.'s Rowan Gorilla VI jack up rig. Drilling began June 27 and is expected to take 60 days.
-- Buzzard project moves closer to production Nexen Inc., Calgary, reported the successful installation of production facilities at its Buzzard project, which is to come on stream later this year in the UK North Sea.
-- Discoveries near Norne may extend field life Statoil ASA projects that its Norne oil field in the Norwegian Sea is likely to continue producing longer than previously expected due to the close proximity of commercial discoveries and promising new prospects near the Norne area.
-- Serica hires jack up for off North Sumatra Serica Energy PLC, Calgary, has acquired use of the Seadrill 5 jack up drilling rig for four wells off North Sumatra, Indonesia, from PT Lins Petrotama Energi for a drilling program expected to start in first quarter 2007.
-- Depressurization postponed at Statfjord field Statoil ASA and partners have decided to optimize the late-life development project of giant Statfjord oil and natural gas field in the Norwegian North Sea by postponing the depressurization of the Brent reservoir by a year, from 2007 to 2008.
-- Woodside reduces 2006 production target by 5% Woodside Petroleum has revised its 2006 production target of 76 million bbl of oil equivalent to 72 million bbl because of reservoir under-performance at Chinguetti oil field in Mauritania and construction delays at the Otway project in southern Australia.
-- US drilling slips from 20-year high US drilling slipped slightly from a 20-year high with 1,669 rotary rigs working this week, 3 less than the previous week but up from 1,370 during the same period a year ago, said Baker Hughes Inc.