-- Czech Republic Carpathian Resources Ltd., Perth, said a consultant's pressure test determined gas in place to be 3.8-4.0 bcf, with as much as 80% recoverable, at its Ja3a well in Janovice gas field 20 km south of Ostrava.
-- New field study due in Kurdish area of Iraq The government of the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan, Iraq, has entered into a second memorandum of understanding (MOU) with K Petroleum Co. (KPC) for integrated reservoir field studies in northeastern Iraq, reported Heritage Oil Corp.
-- Well confirms potential of block off Vietnam Thailand's PTT Exploration & Production PLC (PTTEP) reported that an appraisal well has confirmed the potential of production-sharing Block 16-1 off southern Vietnam.
-- Petrobras-PDVSA venture begins gas drilling State-owned Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) reported the start of drilling for natural gas in Venezuela's Cojedes state under a joint venture with Petroleos de Venezuela SA.
-- Oil column indicated in Ugandan wildcat Preliminary results from wireline pressure testing and sampling in the Waraga-1 exploration well on Block 2 in Uganda suggest "a minimum 45 m oil column" of about 40° gravity oil, reported Tullow Oil PLC, London. Tullow is a 50-50 partner with operator Hardman Resources Ltd., Perth.
-- Group to speed TGT development off Vietnam Encouraged by tests of an appraisal well, Hoang Long Joint Operating Co. will expedite development of Te Giac Trang (TGT) oil field on Block 16-1 off southern Vietnam (OGJ Online, Mar. 9, 2006).
-- West Bengal wildcat tests discouraging Discouraging test results of the first of four exploratory wells planned by India's Oil & Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) on the Bengal Block of West Bengal could result in abandonment of the WB-OSN-2000/1 well.
-- CNOOC makes Bozhong discovery in Bohai Bay A CNOOC Ltd. wildcat, Bozhong (BZ) 29-4-2, spudded in January in Bohai Bay off China, has cut 34.5 m of gas pay and 13 m of oil pay, the company reported.
-- Premier gets four blocks off Western Sahara Premier Oil PLC, London, said it received exploration rights to four blocks in the Atlantic off Western Sahara from the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR; OGJ Online, Jan. 18, 2006).
-- Pemex notes continued slide in reserves Petroleos Mexicanos, reporting small declines in Mexico's oil and gas reserves in 2005, said it has offshore and land projects lined up to reverse the decline if the government approves its budgets in coming years.
-- Centurion, Shell to pursue Nile Delta LNG Two Egyptian units of Royal Dutch Shell PLC took a farmout from Centurion Energy International Inc., Calgary, to acquire 50% interest in the West El Manzala and West El Qantara concessions onshore in the Nile Delta.
-- Falcon acquires 16% of East Texas prospect Falcon Natural Gas Corp. has signed an agreement with WhitMar Exploration Co. of Houston to participate in drilling of the Deweyville prospect 25 miles northeast of Beaumont, Tex.