-- Canadian independent eyes Piceance, Uinta Brownstone Ventures Inc., Toronto, said its US unit completed the purchase of interests in 267 oil and gas leases in the Piceance basin of Colorado and Utah and the Overthrust Belt of Utah for $6.77 million cash plus 2.6 million common shares issued to private Retamco Operating Inc., Billings, Mont.
-- Total to acquire interest in block near Java Total SA has signed an agreement with Indonesia's PT Easco East Sepanjang to farm into offshore East Sepanjang Block, northeast of Java, with a 49% working interest.
-- Aussie-UK JV spuds CBM well in eastern France A 75-25% joint venture of European Gas (operator) and Heritage Petroleum spud its first well on the Bleue Lorraine CBM permit in eastern France near the German border (OGJ, Mar. 6, 2006, p. 46).
-- Australia funds data gathering for oil E&P The Australian government has established a $135 million (Aus.) energy incentive package designed to boost petroleum exploration activity in the country.
-- Second test of Ugandan wildcat flows oil An exploratory well on Block 2 in Uganda flowed 32º gravity oil to surface at an average rate of 300 b/d through a 32/64-in. choke on the second of three planned drillstem tests.
-- BLM leasing grows in Utah despite deferrals The US Bureau of Land Management's Utah office, which expected to have significantly greater interest in its Aug. 15 oil and gas lease sale than a year earlier, leased 86% more parcels covering 92% more acres after rejecting several nominations and deferring others.
-- W. Kentucky due deep exploration study The Kentucky Geological Survey invited oil and gas companies to join and fund an exploration research consortium focused on the pre-Knox deep gas potential of the Rough Creek graben.
-- Indonesia places oil, gas blocks up for bid Indonesia invited companies to bid on 41 oil and gas blocks onshore and offshore Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Java. Bids will be accepted starting Aug. 28.
-- Trinidad and Tobago BG Trinidad and Tobago is constructing a 65 MMcfd gas treatment plant to serve the 111 sq km Central Block along the Cross Island gas pipeline in south Trinidad.
-- SW Oman airborne data encourage Circle Oil Circle Oil PLC, London, expressed encouragement at the results of preliminary processing of a 4,800-km airborne gravity and magnetic survey on Block 49 in southwestern Oman.
-- Azerbaijan Eurasia Energy Ltd., Aberdeenshire, Scotland, plans to start negotiating with State Oil Co. of the Azerbaijan Republic in November 2006 to develop a 600 sq km shallow-water block in the Caspian Sea 70 km south of Baku.
-- Aspen well log shows positive results Nexen Inc., Calgary, said log analysis of its wholly owned and operated Aspen development well on Green Canyon Block 243 in the Gulf of Mexico indicates excellent quality reservoir sands, consistent with existing producing wells in Aspen field.
-- Oilex-led group wins Block 103 in offshore JPDA A consortium consisting of Oilex and Indian firms Videocon Industries Bharat Petroleum, and Gujarat State Petroleum was awarded Block 103 in the northern part of the JPDA of Timor-Leste and Australia.
-- Daewoo gets report on Rakhine gas finds Independent consultants said 4.8 tcf is the best estimate of recoverable gas from three discoveries in the Rakhine basin off Northwest Myanmar by a group led by Daewoo International Corp., Seoul.