-- Talisman lets EPC contract for Northern field topsides Talisman Malaysia Ltd. has awarded a $70 million contract to Petrovietnam subsidiary Petroleum Technical Services Co. for engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction of topsides for three wellhead riser platforms in Malaysia's Northern field.
-- Statoil, Pertamina sign E&P cooperation agreement Indonesian state-owned Pertamina and Norway's Statoil ASA signed a memorandum of understanding that provides a framework for analyzing joint exploration and production opportunities. No specific projects were mentioned, however.
-- Petrogulf to drill soon on Wyandotte prospect Private Houston independent Petrogulf Corp. expects to begin drilling operations soon on a well in the Wyandotte prospect in St. Mary Parish, La., after purchasing a 50% working interest from Falcon Natural Gas Corp., Houston.
-- Chile California Oil & Gas Corp., Calgary, plans to take a farmout from March Resources Corp., Calgary, on the Pica North Block in the Tamarugal basin in northernmost Chile.
-- TG World-led JV to drill two wells in Gwydyr Bay An Alaska North Slope joint venture led by TG World Energy Corp., Calgary, plans to drill two exploration wells in the Gwydyr Bay Prospect Area, north of the Prudhoe Bay Unit in Alaska.
-- Gambia Buried Hill Energy (Cyprus) PLC, London, said its Gambia subsidiary entered into 30-year licenses on the A1 Alhamdulilah and A4 blocks in the Atlantic off Gambia.
-- Sakhalin group denies environmental-harm claim Sakhalin Energy Investment Co., the international consortium promoting crude oil and natural gas development off Russia's Sakhalin Island, Sept. 6 denied a claim by the Russian environmental regulator that the exploration program could harm the environment.
-- Benin The Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water launched a late 2006 bid round by reoffering two land and two deepwater blocks.
-- More Kudu drilling due off Namibia Tullow Oil PLC, London, plans to spud a well in the Kudu East area in the Atlantic Ocean off Namibia in March 2007 to seek more reserves in undeveloped, giant Kudu gas field.
-- Tullow gets Congo blocks near Uganda finds The government of Congo (former Zaire) has awarded Tullow Oil PLC, London, a 48.5% operated interest in Blocks I and II in the northeastern part of the country.
-- Ghana The government awarded Tullow Oil PLC, London, operated interests in the Shallow-water and Deepwater Tano blocks along the marine boundary with Ivory Coast.
-- International group starts Saudi gas drilling A joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Total SA, and Saudi Aramco has begun exploratory drilling for nonassociated gas and condensate in the southern part of Saudi Arabia's Empty Quarter.
-- Talisman sees 1-2 tcf from 'outer foothills' Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, said it could be producing a net 200 MMcfd of gas by 2010 from a large play in the outer foothills of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.
-- Loon, QAF sign PSA in eastern Brunei Loon Energy Inc., Calgary, and QAF Brunei Sdn. Bhd. formally signed a production-sharing agreement covering Block L in and off eastern Brunei.
-- Libya has third lease bidding round Libya's National Oil Corp. (NOC) is soliciting international exploration and production companies to participate in the country's third lease bid round for certain E&P-sharing agreements (EPSA) covering various basins featured in the country's EPSA IV Round 2 (OGJ, Oct. 24, 2005, p. 42).