-- Aramco's offshore gas strike due more tests Saudi Aramco plans to test at least three more reservoirs in a Persian Gulf gas discovery 160 km north of Dhahran between Jurayd and Harqus oil fields (OGJ Online, Apr. 18, 2006).
-- Companies to appraise Chinese CBM field Fortune Oil PLC and Molopo Australia Ltd. have signed a conditional agreement to jointly develop coalbed methane (CBM) reserves in the Liulin Block, Hedong field, in Shanxi Province, China.
-- Taiwan to develop its first offshore field Taiwan's state-run Chinese Petroleum Corp. (CPC) plans to start production in 2009-10 from its first offshore field, a gas-condensate deposit in the Taiwan Strait west of Kaohsiung, according to a CPC official.
-- Repsol YPF group to press Reggane gas search A group led by Repsol YPF SA, which made two natural gas discoveries in central Algeria's northern Reggane basin earlier this month, plans to drill at least eight more wells this year and in 2007.
-- Saskatchewan-Manitoba get Torquay oil play Magnus Energy Inc., Calgary, lined up a rig and plans to drill 18 wells in 2006 near a light oil discovery in Devonian Torquay dolomite in the Williston basin near Antler, Sask.
-- Coogee reports second Timor Sea oil find Private Kwinana independent Coogee Resources Ltd., Perth, reported a second oil discovery at its Swallow-1 well in wholly owned Ashmore Cartier Permit AC/P34 in the Timor Sea.
-- Brazilian bidding round set for November Brazil's National Council for Energy Policy has approved 54 exploration areas for the country's eighth bidding round, scheduled for launch in late November.
-- Hardman gets stake in Suriname concessions Hardman Resources Ltd., Perth, has expanded its operations in South America with the acquisition of a 40% interest in the onshore Uitkijk and Coronie concessions in Suriname.
-- Ukraine An international unit of Vanco Energy Co., Houston, and JNR Eastern Investments Ltd. moved a step closer to negotiating a production sharing agreement covering Prykerchenska block on the Black Sea shelf.
-- Contract let for work off Trinidad BG Trinidad & Tobago has let a contract to Technip for work on insulated riser, flowline, and umbilical systems connecting the Eastern Hibiscus and Chaconia subsea natural gas wells to the Hibiscus platform in 500 ft of water off Trinidad and Tobago.
-- Nicaragua signs MKJ to Caribbean blocks The international unit of MKJ Xploration Inc., Metairie, La., signed oil and gas exploration and exploitation concessions with the Nicaraguan government covering two blocks on the Nicaraguan rise in the Caribbean Sea.
-- Santos due interest in blocks off Vietnam Santos Ltd. has entered Vietnam with an agreement to obtain an interest in exploration acreage off the southern coast operated by UK Premier Oil PLC.
-- Test confirms 'major oil field' off Vietnam A drillstem test of a well on the Te Giac Trang (TGT) structure off southern Vietnam confirmed the discovery of what SOCO International PLC, London, calls "a major oil field."
-- BG Group gets license to Block 60 in Oman BG Group PLC signed a $150 million exploration and production-sharing agreement with Oman for 100% interest in and operatorship of Block 60 in the Abu-Altobool area of the Wusta region.
-- OTC: Aramco developing fields, boosts drilling Saudi Aramco is responding to rising global oil demand and limited spare production capacity by developing several fields and increasing drilling, a company official said.
-- Agreement due for exploration off Cyprus Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said his country and neighboring Cyprus will sign an agreement for joint exploration and production of natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
-- Resource estimate lifted for Longtom field Independent analysis of Nexus Energy Limited's Longtom gas field under appraisal in Bass Strait off Australia has boosted the resource estimate 38% to 438 bcf.