-- ConocoPhillips, Santos test new Timor Sea well A joint venture of ConocoPhillips and Santos Ltd. has confirmed the presence of natural gas in another field in the eastern Timor Sea during its aggressive search for reserves to feed a second LNG train at its Darwin liquefaction plant.
-- South Australia Oil production began Nov. 18 from Callawonga-1, which operator Beach Petroleum NL, Adelaide, describes as the most westerly achieved in the Cooper/Eromanga region.
-- Gas flow up at Greater Natural Buttes, Utah The giant Greater Natural Buttes area in the Uinta basin reached a milestone in September, averaging a gross 225 MMcfd of gas, said operator Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
-- Namibia Mitsui & Co. Ltd. acquired a 15% interest in two oil and gas exploration blocks off southernmost Namibia from operator BHP Billiton
-- Salt origin without evaporation proposed A group of authors led by a Statoil ASA specialist in marine geology has proposed an unconventional theory for the origin of salt that could have far reaching implications for oil and gas exploration.
-- Ithaca plans second Athena appraisal well Ithaca Energy Inc. plans to drill a second appraisal well during the second quarter of 2007 in its Athena oil project in the Outer Moray Firth off Scotland.
-- Statoil lets contract for Trestakk facilities study Statoil ASA has let a contract to a unit of John Wood Group PLC to perform feasibility and conceptual studies for facilities modifications associated with the Trestakk subsea field development.
-- Firm shoots seismic survey off Seychelles PetroQuest International has acquired 2,500 line-km of seismic data off Seychelles in the East Africa island nation's first seismic work in 14 years.
-- Brazil prepares for eighth oil, gas licensing round Brazil has qualified 43 companies to bid in its eighth oil exploration and production licensing round scheduled for Nov. 28-2911 of them for the first timesaid Brazil National Petroleum and Biofuels Agency (ANP).
-- Northern Territory The government granted exploration permits 103 and 104 totaling 5.5 million acres in the nonproducing Georgina basin.
-- New Brunswick gas field deep test spuds Corridor Resources Inc., Halifax, NS, spudded the F-58 deeper pool exploratory well on the northeast side of McCully gas field near Sussex, NB.
-- Endeavour makes gas strike in UK North Sea Endeavour International Corp., Houston, said its Columbus well in the UK North Sea encountered a gross gas column of at least 125 ft in the Palaeocene Forties formation.
-- ExxonMobil advances Piceance tight gas work ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Co. has signed a 30-year agreement with Enterprise Products Partners LLC for gathering, compression, treating, and conditioning services for natural gas it is developing in tight sands of the Piceance basin of Colorado.
-- MMS proposes to expand Lease Sale 205 acreage The US Minerals Management Service proposes to expand the available acreage in Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale 205, scheduled for September 2007. MMS will accept comments on this proposal through Dec. 29.