-- Canadian firm, Kansans to explore N. Slope Independent oil and gas executives are forming a joint venture that may spend $46.9 million in 2006-09 exploring for oil on extensive portions of Alaska's North Slope.
-- Trinidad and Tobago extends acreage bidding The Trinidad and Tobago government has granted a 2-month extension of bidding for exploration and production rights to eight blocks on land and near shore and three shallow-water blocks.
-- Nevada Texola Energy Corp., Vancouver, BC, acquired from Cedar Strat Corp., Las Vegas, Nev., 102,000 acres of oil and gas leases over the Maverick Spring prospect in Elko and White Pine counties.
-- Beach to speed work on permit off Australia Beach Petroleum Ltd. said it will "expedite exploration and possible development" of the VIC/P46 exploration permit in the Otway basin off western Victoria, Australia.
-- Woodside approves Vincent field development Woodside Energy Ltd. has approved capital expenditure for its share of the first development phase of Vincent oil field off North West Cape in Western Australia.
-- Gudrun appraisal tests oil, gas off Norway Statoil AS has completed a successful appraisal well on its Gudrun oil, gas, and condensate prospect in the Sleipner area of the Norwegian North Sea (OGJ Online, Nov. 4, 2005).
-- Hardman farms into Ruvuma area in Tanzania Hardman Resources Ltd., Perth, has signed a farmin agreement with Aminex PLC subsidiary Ndovu Resources Ltd. for a 50% interest in Aminex's Ruvuma basin production-sharing agreement in Tanzania.
-- India approves Oilex role in Cambay field India has approved the participation of Oilex NL, Perth, in a production-sharing contract for Cambay oil and gas field on the country's northwest coast.
-- Eni block off Brazil due new seismic survey Eni SPA has let a contract to Petroleum Geo-Services ASA for a 1,500 sq km marine 3D seismic survey on a Santos basin block on which it has drilled three wells.
-- Large structures seen in Taoudeni basin A first-time comprehensive review of existing exploration data on the Taoudeni basin in Mali and Mauritania showed large to regional scale structures, said Baraka Petroleum Ltd., Perth.
-- Petrobras to pick Mexilhao platform builder Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) plans in April to select a contractor to build a production platform for giant Mexilhao gas-condensate field on Block BS-400 in the Santos basin off Brazil.
-- Premier Natuna strike tests 610 b/d of oil The oil zone in Premier Oil PLC's Lembu Peteng-1 discovery on Natuna Sea Block A off Indonesia flowed on test at a stabilized rate of 610 b/d of crude oil (OGJ Online, Mar. 23, 2006).
-- Uzbekistan, South Korea sign E&D agreement On a state visit to Uzbekistan, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun signed an agreement with Uzbek President Islam Karimov allowing for joint exploration and development of oil and gas fields in the central Asian country.