-- Tazerka, Tunisia discoveries get new look Private Calgary independent Storm Ventures International Inc. granted a seismic option to Madalena Ventures Inc., Vancouver, BC, on the 1.1 million acre Hammamet offshore exploration block in the Mediterranean.
-- BG Group wins deepwater license off Nigeria BG Group, through a partnership with Sahara Energy Exploration & Production Ltd., has been awarded a deepwater license off the western Niger Delta of Nigeria.
-- Petrobras cuts thick pay in Manati well Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) logged 327 m of gross gas pay in the first of seven development wells it plans to drill in Manati gas field off Brazil's Bahia state, reported Norse Energy Corp. ASA, a partner.
-- Repsol gets partners in blocks off Cuba Repsol YPF Cuba SA, operator of six offshore blocks in Cuba's exclusive economic zone, is conducting 3,000 sq km of 3D seismic and geological studies and has accepted two partners in the venture.
-- Toreador logs gas in well off Turkey Toreador Resources Corp., Dallas, plans to test 25 m of gas sand logged in the Bayhanli-1 well in the South Akcakoca subbasin on the Black Sea shelf off Turkey.
-- Iran warns Japanese firms on Azadegan delays An Iranian oil executive has warned Japanese companies against delaying development of Azadegan oil field, suggesting that the massive project could be transferred to China or another country.
-- Western Rajasthan gas discovery gauged Focus Energy Ltd., formerly Phoenix Overseas Ltd., reported a gas discovery on pre-NELP Block RJ-ON/6 in westernmost Rajasthan near the border with Pakistan.
-- Maersk lets contract for Al Shaheen work Maersk Oil Qatar AS has let a turnkey contract to National Petroleum Construction Co. (NPC), Abu Dhabi, for supply of facilities involved in the follow-on development of Al Shaheen oil and gas field on Block 5 off Qatar.
-- Talisman spuds second Trinidad & Tobago well Talisman Energy Inc.'s local subsidiary has spudded a second well on the onshore Eastern Block in Trinidad and Tobago after its first well on the block failed to discover commercial hydrocarbons.
-- PNOC picks Malaysian firm for Camago oil PNOC Exploration Corp. chose private Mitra Energy Ltd., Kuala Lumpur, to negotiate for joint development with PNOC of the Camago oil leg at Malampaya gas-condensate field west of Palawan Island, the Philippines.
-- RWE Dea spuds exploration well in Libya RWE Dea AG has began drilling exploration well A1-NC 193, the first in a multiwell program planned in Concession NC 193 in the Sirte basin 500 km southeast of Tripoli, Libya.
-- Ras al Khaimah field development study set The government awarded a concession to Indago Petroleum Ltd., Dubai, that could lead to development of RAK B (Baih) oil and gas field in the Persian Gulf.
-- Mputa appraisal in Uganda cased, suspended The Mputa-2 appraisal well on Block 2 in Uganda has been cased and suspended as a potential oil producer, reported Tullow Oil PLC, London, a 50-50 partner with block operator Hardman Resources Ltd.
-- Antrim reports Tierra del Fuego discovery Antrim Energy Inc., Calgary, reported an oil discovery in the Las Violetas (LV)-105 exploratory well drilled in the Magallanes basin on Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
-- Brazil's eighth bid round advanced to August Brazil's National Council for Energy Policies (CNPE) at a recent meeting advanced the National Petroleum Agency's (ANP) eighth round of exploration and production bids to Aug. 28 from the previously scheduled Nov. 27-29.
-- Guatemala Taghmen Energy PLC, London, reentered the 1XA well on the 6-93 license in late May 2006 and kicked off at 5,810 ft. Planned drilling time is 35 days to 10,000 ft.
-- BLM's Wyoming lease sale draws $4.4 million The US Bureau of Land Management's Wyoming office received $4.3 million in bids for leasing rights and rental fees at its latest bimonthly oil and gas lease auction in Cheyenne on June 6. Half of that amount will go to the state.