-- ExxonMobil unit to operate Cepu Block Indonesia's state-run PT Pertamina will sign an agreement with ExxonMobil Indonesia on Mar. 15 for operation of the Cepu Block, according to company Pres. Ari Soemarno.
-- 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.
-- Ontario Liberty Oil & Gas Ltd., a private Ontario operator, took a farmout from Greentree Gas & Oil Ltd., London, Ont., to participate in drilling 2 wells in the province.
-- Utah Flair Petroleum Corp., Calgary, purchased a 100% working interest in 760 acres of tar sands leases in the Asphalt Ridge deposit in the Uinta basin.
-- Madagascar Candax Energy Inc., Calgary, is awaiting presidential ratification of a production-sharing contract on Block 1101 in Madagascar.
-- Peru Gran Tierra Energy Inc., Calgary, plans to explore blocks 128 and 122 in the Iquitos Arch Trend of the Maranon basin in Peru.
-- Trinidad and Tobago round gets one bidder The latest bid round for the Trinidad Deep Atlantic Area received only one bid, the fewest since production-sharing contracts were introduced in the 1990s.
-- Nigeria Midwestern Oil & Gas Co. PLC spudded the UMU-4 well at Umusadege marginal oil field in the central Niger Delta in Nigeria.