-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.