-- More work set at Papuan gas-condensate find InterOil Corp., Toronto, prepared its Elk-1 well on PPL 238 in Papua New Guinea for a 3-week test after a second drillstem test flowed gas-condensate from fractured Miocene Puri limestone.
-- Medco to develop Gulf of Mexico well Medco Energi US LLC plans in early 2007 to install a braced caisson or minimal structure on a well recently drilled on Mustang Island Block 758 in the western Gulf of Mexico.
-- Philippines Otto Energy Ltd., Perth, were starting a 450 line-km 2D seismic survey on Service Contract 55 west of Palawan Island, the first ultradeepwater block awarded by the Philippine Department of Energy.
-- Talisman drills Foothills well, plans others Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, has drilled its 54th successful well in the Alberta Foothills and plans to drill 11 more in the region. It also plans to drill 30 gross wells in 2007.
-- Alberta Cheyenne Energy Inc., Calgary, reported a 15 b/d exploratory oil completion at Hawk in northwestern Alberta and said there is no other production from Devonian Gilwood within 50 km.
-- Hungary Toreador Resources Corp., Dallas, plans to drill three exploration wells and reenter two existing wells on its 100% owned Tompa Block in southern Hungary by the end of 2006.
-- PetroMed approved to explore off Haifa The Israel Ministry of National Infrastructures (MNI) has approved a permit enabling Toronto independent PetroMed PLC to begin exclusive exploration on 3,500 sq km of prospects in the Mediterranean off Haifa in northern Israel.
-- Nido lets contract for Philippines seismic work Nido Petroleum Ltd., Perth, operator of the SC54 joint venture off the Philippines, has signed a contract with Veritas Geophysical Ltd. to acquire and process a 3D seismic survey off Palawan Island.
-- Arizona High Plains Petroleum Corp., Boulder, Colo., staked a 4,300-ft wildcat in Apache County to test the Permian Supai, Pennsylvanian Naco, and Devonian Martin formations.
-- Signet Energy suspends Sawn Lake wells Signet Energy, operator of the Sawn Lake oil sands development in Alberta, has suspended the three wells drilled so far in the Bluesky formation of the Sawn Lake area and has cancelled plans to drill a fourth well.
-- Cambodia Cambodia's National Petroleum Authority awarded Block E in the Khmer basin to Medco International Petroleum Ltd. and JHL Petroleum Ltd.
-- Victoria logs hydrocarbons in Russian well Victoria Oil & Gas PLC, London, has logged hydrocarbons thought to be gas or condensate from exploratory Well 103 on its West Medvezhye license in the Yamal region of Russia.
-- Ithaca Energy prepares to test well off UK Ithaca Energy Inc., Calgary, has begun running production casing in its Athena 14/18b-15 well drilled to a TD of 11,051 ft in the Outer Moray Firth area of the UK North Sea.