-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Georgia Republic CanArgo Energy Corp., Tbilisi, Georgia Republic, said its Ninotsminda Oil Co. Ltd. unit signed a contract to supply gas from Ninotsminda field to state-owned Georgian Gas Transportation Co.
-- Uganda's waxy oil flows at higher rate A discovery well in nonproducing Uganda has flowed light, waxy crude at a sustained rate of 4,200 b/d on a 1-in. choke, said operator Hardman Resources Ltd., Perth.
-- Turkish Black Sea gas discovery gauged Toreador Resources Corp., Dallas, gauged a natural gas discovery on the Turkish Black Sea shelf east of its Dogu Ayazli structure and on the same fault trend.
-- KG basin Cretaceous oil find opens province The first deepwater oil discovery off India's east coast is a Cretaceous find that the Reliance-Niko combine said opens a new petroleum province in the D6 block, Krishna-Godavari basin.
-- ONGC recaps the year's offshore discoveries India's Oil & Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) made 10 discoveries in 2005-06, including five natural gas finds in the deep waters off the Andhra coast in the Krishna-Godavari basin.
-- Papua New Guinea well tests hefty gas rate InterOil Corp., Toronto, said its Elk-1 ST-1 exploration well on PPL 238 in the eastern Papuan basin flowed wet gas at the rate of 30-50 MMcfd for 30 min at 2,000 psi on an open hole drillstem test at 5,381-5,558 ft.