-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Total makes oil find in Libya Total SA has discovered oil on Block NC 191 in the Murzuq basin in southwestern Libya, 800 km south of Tripoli. This is the first discovery on the block.
-- JV mulls Douglas prospect development options Austral Pacific Energy Ltd. and Rift Oil PLC plan to conduct a feasibility study to assess commercialization options for its recent gas discovery on the Douglas prospect in the PPL 235 area of Papua New Guinea.
-- Total unit buys stake in licenses off Nigeria Total unit Elf Petroleum Nigeria signed a farm-in agreement with Amni International Petroleum Development for a 40% participating interest in two licenses off southeast Nigeria.
-- PDVSA begins prospecting in Bolivia State-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has started surveys in Bolivia to identify prospective hydrocarbon areas under control of Bolivian state firm YPFB, said Miguel Tarazona, PDVSA general manager.
-- German coalbed permit due more exploration Galaxy Energy Corp., Denver, plans further coalbed methane exploration on the Neues Bergland permit near Frankfurt, Germany, after abandoning the first wildcat.
-- ONGC to expand Bassein East oil field off India India's Oil & Natural Gas Corp. is progressing on field development plans to install a jacket in Bassein East oil field and to install four wellhead platforms in Mumbai High and Bassein fields.
-- Tag starts up Taranaki well, sidetrack Tag Oil Ltd., Vancouver, BC, has started production from the Cheal-4 well in Cheal oil field and begun exploratory sidetrack work in the watered-out Radnor-1 well on a separate permit in New Zealand. Both wells are in the onshore Taranaki basin.
-- Sonangol, Tullow to explore block off Angola Tullow Oil PLC was awarded a 50% interest in Block 1/06 off Angola, and the UK company expects to enter into a production-sharing contract in August with state-owned Sonangol.
-- Nexen encounters gas pay with Ringo prospect Nexen Inc., Calgary, said the Ringo prospect on Mississippi Canyon Block 546 encountered 150 ft of net gas pay. The well, in 2,500 ft of water, was drilled to 12,808 ft.
-- Total Indonesie seeks Mahakam block extension Total E&P Indonesie is seeking an extension for its contract for the Mahakam oil and natural gas block in East Kalimantan, scheduled to end in 2017. The block holds 13 tcf of gas reserves.