-- New Brunswick gas field exploitation to grow Corridor Resources Inc., Halifax, NS, plans to expand production in McCully natural gas field in New Brunswick, move toward a connection with the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, collect more 3D seismic data, and explore a deeper formation and areas adjacent to the field.
-- Norway awards 13 licenses in 19th round The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, in Norway's 19th licensing round, awarded 17 companies interests in 13 production licenses covering 33 blocks or parts of blocks on the Norwegian continental shelf.
-- Japex donates seismic equipment to Iraq Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. (Japex) is donating $15-20 million worth of seismic survey equipment to Iraq under a technical cooperation agreement originally made in 2005 and renewed last month for a year.
-- Falcon to drill Pecan Station North prospect Falcon Natural Gas Corp., Houston, and Edwin S. Nichols Exploration Inc., Meridian, Tex., plan to start drilling the Pecan Station North prospect 3 miles north of Pecan Station oil field in Nolan County, Tex.
-- MMS issues notice for OCS Sale 200 The US Minerals Management Service has issued a proposed notice for Western Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale 200, scheduled for Aug. 16.
-- Pogo, Keeper to explore Vietnam block Pogo Producing Co. and Keeper Resources Inc. have signed an exploration and production sharing contract with state-owned PetroVietnam for Block 124 covering 1.48 million acres in the Phu Khanh basin northeast of Ho Chi Minh City.
-- Contract let for Shah Deniz platform placement A BP PLC unit has let a contract to McDermott Caspian Contractors Inc. (MCCI) for platform placement in the first stage of development of Shah Deniz offshore gas and condensate field 100 km south of Baku (see map, OGJ, Oct. 18, 2004, p. 39).
-- Lukoil-Perm finds oil in Russia's Perm region Lukoil-Perm, the operating arm of Lukoil Overseas Holding Ltd., has discovered oil with an exploration well drilled to 1,800 m in the Oktyabrsky and Chernushinsky districts in the southern Perm region of Russia.
-- Toreador completes Dogu Ayazli-2 off Turkey Toreador Resources Corp., Dallas, has completed the Dogu Ayazli-2 appraisal well 1,969 ft west-northwest of the Dogu Ayazli-1 discovery under development in the Black Sea off Turkey (OGJ Online, Mar. 9, 2006).
-- BHP Billiton gets two blocks off Colombia BHP Billiton Ltd. has signed contracts with Colombia's Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos (ANH) for exploration and production rights to two blocks in the Caribbean.
-- PTTEP to receive Block 58 in Oman Thailand's PTT Exploration & Production PLC (PTTEP) submitted the winning bid for 2,264 sq km Block 58 in southwestern Oman.
-- Ethiopia The Ministry of Mines & Energy signed a production-sharing agreement with Afar Exploration Co. LLC, Tulsa, Okla., covering 21,187 sq km in the Afar National Regional State.
-- GAIL, Arrow plan joint coalbed methane work India's energy conglomerate GAIL and Arrow Energy NL, Brisbane, signed an MOU outlining areas for joint cooperation and investment in coalbed methane projects in Australia and India.
-- Dominion stakes three Alabama shale tests The Black Warrior basin unit of Dominion Exploration & Production Co., Richmond, Va., staked three more exploratory tests to Floyd/Conasauga shale in north-central Alabama.
-- Firm acquires additional acreage in Utah Colorado Wyoming Reserve Co. (CWYR), Grand Junction, Colo., has acquired a 42.5% interest in 6,000 acres bordering a 16,640-acre area in which it holds varying interests and has acquired 3D seismic data in southeastern Utah.
-- Petsec to develop Gulf of Mexico oil strike Petsec Energy Inc., a US subsidiary of Australia's Petsec Energy Ltd., has begun development planning for Main Pass Block 18 in the Gulf of Mexico after making what it calls a 1 million bbl oil discovery there.