-- PTTEP to spend $38 million on Omani block Thailand's state-owned PTT Exploration & Production PLC (PTTEP) is set to spend $38 million over the next 5 years for exploration on the 2,264-sq-km Block 58 in southwestern Oman.
-- Uganda find tests more oil, Kingfisher next Hardman Resources Ltd., Perth, after gauging oil at the rate of 4,200 b/d from the lowermost of three zones at its Waraga-1 discovery on Block 2 in Uganda's Albert graben, is testing the well's middle and upper zones.
-- All blocks in Indian CBM round draw bids All 10 coalbed methane (CBM) properties offered in India's CBM-III bid round received multiple bids, reported the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH), New Delhi, which opened bids on June 30.
-- Bankers plans frac jobs in Texas Panhandle The US subsidiary of Bankers Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, plans several fracture stimulations during the third quarter in the Palo Duro basin of the Texas Panhandle.
-- Fox-hailed deepwater well a modest gas find Noxal-1, a deepwater Gulf of Mexico well trumpeted in March by Mexican President Vicente Fox as being a major oil discovery, appears to be a modest gas find.
-- Denmark wildcat to drill on wavelet data Tethys Oil AB, Stockholm, plans to spud its Karlebo-1 wildcat on the 533 sq km onshore License 1/02 in Denmark in late August-early September using a rig to be moved from Lithuania.
-- Sinopec lets Sichuan basin imaging contract A unit of China's Sinopec let a contract to GX Technology Corp., Houston, to carry out a comprehensive interpretive imaging program at the largest gas field in western Sichuan Province, China.
-- Western Newfoundland deep search rekindled Canadian Imperial Venture Corp., St. Johns, Newf., will try again, through its ENEGI Inc. subsidiary, to develop and produce the 1995 Port-au-Port oil and gas discovery on a carbonate platform in western Newfoundland.
-- Denmark Star Energy Group PLC, London, agreed to take 20% interest from Tethys Oil AB, Stockholm, in the Tethys-operated 1/02 license onshore Zealand and 1/03 license onshore and off Jutland and Zealand in Denmark.
-- Petrobras, Petroecuador ink strategic energy alliance Brazil's state-owned Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has signed an agreement with Ecuador's Petroecuador establishing a 5-year strategic energy alliance covering every aspect of the petroleum industry, including new exploration and production initiatives.
-- CNOOC has oil, gas strike in Bohai Bay China National Offshore Oil Co. Ltd. has made an oil and gas discovery with its Luda (LD) 6-2-1 wildcat in about 30 m of water in the Liaodong Bay area of China's Bohai Bay.
-- Edison, IGP to explore new Italian permit Edison SPA, Milan, and Intergas Piu SRL (IGP), a subsidiary of Mediterranean Oil & Gas PLC, plan to drill an exploratory well targeting gas on the Torrente La Vella exploration permit in southern Italy.
-- Total well confirms oil discovery off Texas Total SA has confirmed an oil discovery with its Alaminos Canyon Block 856 No. 2 appraisal well drilled in 7,800 ft of water to 15,625 ft TD about 140 miles off Texas. The well found 85 ft of oil pay in the main objective.
-- Petrobras Santos basin well taps light oil A well drilled by Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) and partners encountered light oil in ultradeep water in a frontier section of the Santos basin 250 km off Rio de Janeiro.
-- Development eyed for Harding oil field gas BP PLC and Maersk Oil North Sea UK Ltd. let a contract in the initial phase of a plan to develop gas reserves in the UK North Sea Harding area and prolong the life of Harding field beyond 2015.