-- 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.
-- Statoil to drill well near Norne field Statoil ASA plans early next year to drill another exploration well on the Valkyrie structure near Statoil-operated Norne field in the Norwegian Sea after a wildcat recently drilled on the structure proved to be noncommercial.
-- Turkmenistan Production from the Cheleken Contract Area in the Caspian Sea, currently more than 22,000 b/d, is planned for a large increase by the end of 2006, said Dragon Oil PLC, London,
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.