-- BHP to drill Ruby appraisal off Trinidad A month after reporting an oil discovery with the Ruby-1 well on Block 3(a) off the northeast coast of Trinidad and Tobago, BHP Billiton and its partners are preparing to drill an appraisal well (OGJ, Dec. 11, 2006, Newsletter).
-- Yemen The ministry awarded exploration rights to Block 84 in the Masila basin to a group led by DNO ASA, Oslo, subject to government approval and ratification of a production sharing agreement.
-- Anadarko makes deepwater gulf find at Mission Deep Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has made an oil discovery at its Mission Deep prospect on Green Canyon Block 955 in the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery well found more than 250 ft of net oil pay in the primary middle Miocene objective.
-- ONGC outlines exploration plan in Tripura state India's state-owned Oil & Natural Gas Corp. has outlined an exploration program in the northeastern state of Tripura to tap "massive" gas reserves, an ONGC executive told reporters in Agartala.
-- Horizon signs deal for offshore Thai block Horizon Oil Ltd., Sydney, along with operator Pearl Oil (Thailand) Ltd. and joint venture partner Tana Oil & Gas (Thailand) Ltd., have signed a concession agreement with the Thai government for Block G10/48 in the southern Gulf of Thailand.
-- PTTEP obtains stakes in two Egyptian blocks Thailand's PTT Exploration & Production PLC (PTTEP) received a stake in two blocks through an Egyptian Natural Gas Holdings Co. bid round. PTTEP was part of a consortium in each bid.
-- ONGC Videsh to bid for Sakhalin-3 stake India wants to obtain a stake in the Sakhalin-3 project in its strategy to invest heavily in Russian oil and gas work, said R.S. Butola, managing director of ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL).
-- Engineering approved for Kipper gas field A group comprising ExxonMobil Corp., BHP Billiton, and Santos Ltd. has agreed to begin engineering and design on the Kipper gas field development in the offshore Gippsland basin of southeast Victoria.
-- Sakhalin-2 water-use licenses suspended Russia's Ministry of Natural Resources has suspended 12 water-use licenses for the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project after discovering what it called major violations of environmental law (OGJ, Nov. 6, 2006, Newsletter).
-- Dana reports oil discovery off Mauritania Dana Petroleum PLC reported an oil discovery in Cretaceous sandstones in its Aigrette-1 well on Block 7 off Mauritania (see map, OGJ, Oct. 23, 2006, p. 38).
-- Esso, Mitra to explore off the Philippines Esso Exploration International Ltd. and Mitra Energy Ltd. of Malaysia have agreed to explore for hydrocarbons in the deepwater Sandakan basin southwest of the Philippines.
-- PetroLatina to develop Serafin gas project PetroLatina Energy PLC, formerly Taghmen Energy PLC, has initiated development of the 1991 Serafin gas discovery in Area B of the Tisquirama License in Colombia.
-- Queensland CSM Energy Ltd., Sydney, took a farmout to develop a coalbed methane pilot with Energy Investments Ltd., Perth, on the Eastern Block of ATP 814P in Queensland east of Moranbah.
-- Petrobras, Ecopetrol plan joint projects The national oil companies of Brazil and Colombia plan jointly to explore the Tucano Block in Bahia, Brazil, and to expand production in Tibu oil field in Colombia.
-- Husky finds gas, oil in Jeanne d'Arc basin Husky Energy Inc., St. John's, Newf., and Norsk Hydro Canada Oil & Gas have made a hydrocarbon discovery during delineation drilling in the Jeanne d'Arc basin, off Newfoundland and Labrador.