-- Western Cooper basin oil play taking hold Stuart Petroleum Ltd., Adelaide, spudded the Light Fingers-1 wildcat on PEL 113 about 2.8 km west of its high-flowing 2006 Toparoa oil discovery scheduled to begin producing later this year.
-- Trinidad and Tobago deep water spurs majors' interest Bidding is scheduled to close on Oct. 30 for eight blocks being offered in the Trinidad Deep Atlantic Area off Trinidad and Tobago. The blocks lie in 1,700-2,500 m of water (OGJ Online, Mar. 24, 2006).
-- Venezuela, Trinidad to jointly develop fields Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago reported they are nearing an agreement to jointly develop more than 10 tcf of natural gas in unitized fields lying in cross-border reserves (OGJ, Aug. 18, 2003, p. 33).
-- Girouxville, Alta., gets light oil discovery Breaker Energy Ltd., Calgary, said an exploratory well near Girouxville, Alta., has 400,000 to more than 1 million bbl of recoverable oil and the thickest light oil sand pay yet encountered in the area.
-- Statoil's Edvarda well comes up dry Statoil ASA, operator of Production License 322, has reported a dry hole with its exploration well in the Edvarda structure 100 km northwest of Ormen Lange gas field in the southern part of the Norwegian Sea.
-- Edge reports find at Mississippi salt dome Edge Petroleum Corp., Houston, plans more drilling on the Midway Dome in Lamar County, Miss., after an exploratory well logged a total of 140 ft of apparent net pay in five zones.
-- Technip lets pipeline service contract for PoG Technip Oceania Pty. Ltd., West Perth, has let a pipeline and process services (PPS) contract to a division of Halliburton Co. for testing and precommissioning services for the Perseus over Goodwyn (PoG) project, 134 km off northwestern Western Australia.
-- Armenia Transeuro Energy Corp., Vancouver, BC, signed a letter of intent under which High Arctic Energy Services would provide a drilling rig and associated hardware to drill three exploration wells in Armenia in February 2007.
-- Anadarko mulls Delaware basin test well Anadarko Petroleum Corp. plans this year to drill 3-5 exploration wells, of which one could be a test on acreage owned by Chevron USA Inc. in the Delaware basin in West Texas.
-- Serica to drill wildcat in UK North Sea Serica Energy PLC, London, plans to begin drilling a wildcat in October on its Oak prospect on Block 54/1b in the UK North Sea's Southern Gas basin.
-- Geocan obtains stake in Alberta's Raven prospect Geocan Energy Inc., Calgary, plans to obtain a 25% interest in the Devonian Swan Hills formation of the Beaverhill Lake Group in the Caroline area northwest of Calgary from ProspEx Resources Ltd.
-- Nicaragua Infinity Energy Resources Inc., Denver, engaged investment bankers to explore strategic alternatives for its 1.4 million acre prospect in the Caribbean off Nicaragua.
-- BPZ to negotiate for new block off Peru BPZ Energy Inc. will negotiate with state-owned Perupetro for an exploration and development license covering onshore Block XXIII in Peru near offshore Corvina gas field, where it will begin drilling in August.
-- MMS issues final notice for Lease Sale 200 The US Minerals Management Service has issued the final notice for Western Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale 200, scheduled for Aug. 16 in New Orleans.
-- UK approves Ettrick oil field development Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd., operator of Ettrick oil field in the UK North Sea, has received UK government approval for the field's development plan, reported Bow Valley Energy Ltd., a 12% partner in the project.