-- Anadarko to explore block off Mozambique Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has signed a contract with Mozambique for exploration and production of a block in the Rovuma basin in northeastern Mozambique.
-- Ecuador International Sovereign Energy Corp., Vancouver, BC, said state Petroecuador modified the Charapa Concession Agreement and its work program that governs the Charapa Block in the northern Oriente basin.
-- Devon furthers development plans for Cascade Unit Devon Energy plans to drill a fourth well as part of a phased-development plan for the Cascade Unit in the ultradeepwater Gulf of Mexico and intends to use an FPSO to facilitate the start of oil production from two wells in late 2009.
-- Blackbeard West well has disappointing results The Blackbeard West No. 1 exploration test well, operated by ExxonMobil Corp. on South Timbalier Block 168 in 70 ft of water in the Gulf of Mexico, encountered a thin gas-bearing sand below 30,000 ft, but failed to reach its primary targets because of higher than expected pressure, reported Houston-based Newfield Exploration Co., an interest owner.
-- Statoil discovers dry gas off eastern Venezuela Statoil ASA has found dry gas within three intervals drilled in its Cocuina-2X exploration well on Block 4 of Plataforma Deltana, off eastern Venezuela (OGJ, Sept. 4, 2006, Newsletter).
-- Petroceltic makes gas find in eastern Algeria Petroceltic International PLC, Dublin, said two wells have confirmed the potential to commercially exploit shallow, laterally extensive hydrocarbon reservoirs on part of the 10,872 sq km Isarene permit in the Illizi basin in eastern Algeria.
-- DNO schedules Yemen production tests next year Norway's DNO ASA will start another round of production tests early next year in Yemen from the Tasour No. 23ST exploration well on Block 32 after having initial overheating problems with a large electrical submersible pump.
-- Colorado New Frontier Energy Inc., Denver, purchased the operator's 36.7% working interest in Slater Dome field in the Sand Wash basin for $8 million and plans to drill several wells in the field in 2007.
-- Laos Salamander Energy Ltd., London, said it is in late stages of negotiating a production sharing contract for the Vientiane and Savannakhet exploration blocks in nonproducing Laos.
-- Kenya A group led by Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, has spudded an exploration well on the Pomboo prospect on Block L-5 in the Indian Ocean off northern Kenya.