-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Petrobras-led group to explore off Argentina Petróleo Brasileiro SA subsidiary Petrobras Energía SA, Argentina's Energía Argentina SA (Enarsa), and Madrid-based Repsol YPF SA agreed Sept. 12 to form a consortium to explore, develop, and commercialize oil and natural gas on Argentina's deepwater continental shelf.
-- Statoil find could drive Hammerfest LNG plant expansion The Statoil ASA-led Snøhvit consortium is planning to drill additional wells in the Barents Sea next year and in 2008 to seek additional gas reserves for a possible future expansion of the Hammerfest gas liquefaction plant at Melkøya in northern Norway.
-- Heritage gets stake in Congo (former Zaire) blocks Heritage Oil Corp., Calgary, has signed a production-sharing agreement with Congo (former Zaire) for a 39.6% working interest in the 6,000 sq km Blocks I and II in the Albert Graben basin onshore and off Congo.
-- Aramco discovers gas with Kassab-1 well Saudi Aramco has reported a new gas discovery in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province 50 km south of its giant Ghawar field and 220 km southeast of Riyadh.
-- Russia blasts Sakhalin-2 cost overruns Russia's Natural Resources Minister Yuri Trutnev said his country could lose billions in the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project if operators continue to raise expenditures.