-- Gas pay sand thicker at Tanzania appraisal Artumas Group Inc., Calgary, reported pay thickness in Tertiary Miocene and Oligocene to be 1.5 times as thick in the Mnazi Bay-2 appraisal well as they were in the 1982 ARCO Oil & Gas Co. Mnazi Bay-1 discovery well.
-- Newfield to build Woodford shale gathering system Newfield Exploration Co., Houston, signed a 15-year agreement with MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Denver, to construct and operate gas gathering pipelines and related facilities for development of Newfield's Woodford shale play in the Arkoma basin of southeastern Oklahoma.
-- Seismic indicates giant gas at Sampaguita The 1976 Sampaguita gas-condensate discovery in the South China Sea northwest of Palawan Island could be an accumulation of as much as 20 tcf of gas, said Forum Energy PLC, London.
-- NW Alberta gas resource play adds momentum EnCana Corp. is building gas production at a resource play in the deep basin of west-central Alberta to which it attributes 2 tcf of unbooked resource potential.
-- SARP, MOG sign farmout for Italian permit SARP SRL has signed a farmout agreement with Mediterranean Oil & Gas PLC (MOG) for the Montemarciano exploration permit in central Italy. SARP was recently awarded 100% interest in this permit.
-- Western Oil Sands exploring Kurdistan tract A unit of Western Oil Sands, Calgary, has begun exploring a 914,000-acre block in Kurdistan southeast of Kirkuk under an exploration and production-sharing agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government Sulaymaniyah Administration.
-- Kansas Lions Petroleum Inc., Denver, signed a letter of intent to acquire from an undisclosed seller 26,635 acres of oil and gas leases to all depths in southeastern Kansas for $3 million.
-- Papua New Guinea promotes block leasing Papua New Guinea Petroleum and Energy Minister Moi Avei has opened his country's new licensing round of 15 onshore and offshore blocks in Singapore.
-- PTTEP, Petrobangla to explore off Bangladesh Thailand's PTT Exploration & Production PLC and Bangladesh's state oil firm Petrobangla have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly explore for hydrocarbons in the Bay of Bengal off Bangladesh.
-- Shell, Maersk to drill new block off Brazil Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Maersk Oil & Gas AS plan next year to drill the first exploration well on the BMS-31 Block in the Santos basin off Sao Paulo, Brazil.
-- India receives bids in NELP-VI licensing round Although India's sixth bidding round under its New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP-VI) failed to attract several top international oil and gas majors, India's Director-General of Hydrocarbons V.K. Sibal said the number of bids received for NELP-VI blocks were the highest ever received.
-- NWT field's bounty put at 20-30 million bbl Cameron Hills field in the Northwest Territories could be an accumulation of 20-30 million bbl, operator Paramount Resources Ltd., Calgary, told financial analysts in mid-September.
-- Statoil plans more wells in Halten Bank area Statoil ASA plans to drill three additional exploration wells during 2006-07 in the Halten Bank area south of Aasgard oil and gas field after no mobile hydrocarbons were found with its Antares wildcat well drilled in production license 314 in the Norwegian Sea.
-- Extended well test due in W. Newfoundland Canadian Imperial Venture Corp., St. John's, Newf., let a contract for a 70-day extended well test of the Garden Hill ST-2 well onshore western Newfoundland.
-- DNO prepares to start oil production in Iraq DNO ASA, Oslo, is planning early production, possibly in first quarter 2007, from Tawke oil field in the northern Kurdish region of Iraq based on test results from the discovery well and an appraisal well.
-- Alberta Clipper makes additional oil finds in Alberta Alberta Clipper Energy Inc. reported two light oil discoveries in Alberta's Sylvan Lake area, where it recently expanded its holdings. The Calgary company also hiked its 2006 capital budget to $62 million from $46 million.
-- Russia suspends Sakhalin-2 development project Russia's Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), citing inadequate environmental safeguards, effectively decided Sept. 18 to suspend the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas development project.