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Exploration Development 2006 P7

  • 12/07/2006 -- 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).
  • 12/06/2006 -- 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).
  • 12/06/2006 -- Statoil lets subsea contract for Gjøa project
    Statoil ASA plans to buy subsea systems from FMC Technologies under a $210 million contract for its Gjøa oil and gas project off Norway.
  • 12/06/2006 -- 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.
  • 12/06/2006 -- 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.
  • 12/06/2006 -- 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.
  • 12/06/2006 -- 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.
  • 12/05/2006 -- 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.
  • 12/05/2006 -- Statoil, Sipex to explore block off Egypt
    Statoil ASA and Sonatrach International Petroleum Exploration & Production (Sipex) will explore deepwater Block 9 off Egypt.
  • 12/05/2006 -- Mitsui makes Thai oil, gas discovery
    Mitsui Oil Exploration Co. has made an oil and gas discovery with its first exploration well in north-central Thailand.
  • 12/05/2006 -- 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.
  • 12/04/2006 -- Namibia
    Mitsui & Co. Ltd. acquired a 15% interest in two oil and gas exploration blocks off southernmost Namibia from operator BHP Billiton
  • 12/04/2006 -- 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.
  • 11/30/2006 -- 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.
  • 11/29/2006 -- Court order cancels Brazil's eighth licensing round
    A federal judge in Brasila issued an injunction Nov. 27 suspending Brazil's eighth oil and gas licensing round. The round was scheduled for Nov. 28-29 (OGJ Online, Nov. 27, 2006).
  • 11/29/2006 -- 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.
  • 11/27/2006 -- 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. 28-29—11 of them for the first time—said Brazil National Petroleum and Biofuels Agency (ANP).
  • 11/27/2006 -- Northern Territory
    The government granted exploration permits 103 and 104 totaling 5.5 million acres in the nonproducing Georgina basin.
  • 11/27/2006 -- Sinopec to develop Iran's Yadavaran oil field
    Iran has invited China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec) to finalize an agreement initiated in 2004 for development of Iran's Yadavaran oil field.
  • 11/27/2006 -- DNO appraisal confirms Iraq oil field extension
    DNO ASA reported that the Tawke-2 appraisal well tested 3,840 b/d of oil, confirming the western extension of Tawke oil field in northern Iraq.
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