-- UK North Sea sidetrack cuts thick oil column The 21/23a8Z sidetrack on the Disraeli prospect southwest of the 2005 Saxon oil discovery has intersected a 90-ft oil column in Eocene Tay sandstone on Block 21/23a in the UK North Sea.
-- AWE sees higher recovery from Tui project An optimized development plan could boost oil recovery from the Tui area oil project off New Zealand by 1.1 million bbl to 27.9 million bbl proved and probable.
-- MCube acquires two blocks off Indonesia MCube Petroleum Inc., Seattle, has obtained the Halmahera and Rembang Blocks off Indonesia through its 100% equity acquisitions of Halmahera Petroleum Ltd. and Orna International Ltd.
-- Gas find extends UK southern basin limit A group led by GDF Britain Ltd. plans to test an indicated new field discovery that one participant said extends the northern limit of gas bearing sands in the UK North Sea southern gas basin.
-- Hunt-Paramount gauge Beaverhill Lake oil find The Canadian unit of Hunt Oil Co., Dallas, and Paramount Resources Ltd., Calgary, are placing on production a 2005 new field discovery at Puskwa/Crooked Creek in the greater Grande Prairie area.
-- Kazakh Karakuduk oil field output to grow Chaparral Resources Inc., White Plains, NY, has invested $190 million in development of Karakuduk oil field through Mar. 31, 2006, and plans to spend $170 million in 2006-10.
-- Hardman spuds Mputa appraisal in Uganda Hardman Resources Ltd. has spudded its Mputa-2 appraisal well in Uganda, about 3 km northwest of its Mputa-1 discovery well and 19 km southwest of the Waraga-1 discovery (OGJ Online, Mar. 14, 2006).
-- Petronas lets Ethiopian seismic contract Malaysia's state-run Petronas has let contract to China's Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau (ZPEB) to begin seismic surveys of eastern Ethiopia's Ogaden basin next month.
-- Infinity to explore Caribbean off Nicaragua Infinity Energy Resources Inc., Denver, will seek partners and possibly other ownership structures to explore 1.4 million acres on 24 blocks in the Caribbean Sea off Nicaragua.
-- Drilling planned on Libyan Ghadames block Canadian and Indonesian firms have two rigs under contract and plan to begin drilling later this year on a large block in northwestern Libya's Ghadames basin 120 km southwest of Tripoli.
-- Lebanon Lebanon's Ministry of Energy and Water let a contract to Petroleum Geo-Services, Oslo, for a multiclient 3D seismic survey in the Mediterranean.
-- Albion farming in to licenses off the UK Albion Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, will spend at least $10 million (Can.) on exploration wells to earn interests in three to five licenses off the UK under a farmout pending with Elixir Petroleum Ltd., London.
-- Group tests another Reggane basin gas find A consortium led by Repsol YPF SA has drilled and tested another gas discovery on the Reggane North Permit covering 8,566 sq km in Blocks 351c-352c in Algeria's Sahara Desert.