-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Twelve firms advance in Greenland licensing Twelve companies have advanced to the prequalification stage under the first phase of Greenland's latest licensing round, which will close on Dec. 15. The results will be announced in March.
-- Turkmenistan claims supergiant gas find The reported discovery of a supergiant gas field near the town of Iolotan in the Amu Daria basin of Turkmenistan would, if confirmed, help justify construction of a gas pipeline to China.
-- Gentry makes Alberta oil discovery Gentry Resources Ltd., Calgary, said a well drilled in the Pekisko formation within the Princess exploration area of southern Alberta encountered a net pay interval of 12 m within a gross pay column of 40 m.
-- Venture seeks better seismic imaging of deep prospects A partnership led by Repsol YPF SA has launched a project to apply unprecedented computing power to geophysics to reduce the risk in exploration of deep subsalt prospects under ultradeep water of the Gulf of Mexico.
-- Husky completes White Rose delineation Husky Energy Inc., Calgary, has completed the White Rose 2006 delineation program, resulting in an increase of the assessment of White Rose oil field's recoverable resources by 190 million bbl of oil. The field is located in the Jeanne d'Arc basin 350 km east of St John's, Newf.
-- Vinccler boosting Falcon basin production PetroFalcon Corp., Carpinteria, Calif., said its PetroCumarebo joint venture with Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) looks forward to accelerating activity on the East and West Falcon blocks in northern Venezuela.
-- EnCana to tap Deep Panuke gas by 2010 EnCana Corp., Calgary, filed new regulatory applications to develop Deep Panuke dry gas field in the Atlantic off Nova Scotia. The new filing calls for a $700 million (Can.) development cost during 2006-10 and projects operating costs of $150 million/year.
-- Billions of barrels in Bakken recovery seen The Bakken formation play in the Williston basin is writing a new chapter in the oil reserves history of the US onshore Lower 48, thought by many to be a mature and fast-depleting province.
-- Algeria Norway's Statoil spudded its first exploration well on the Hassi Mouina block in west-central Algeria northwest of the In Salah gas project.
-- Hardman reports oil shows in Ugandan well Australia's Hardman Resources reported "good oil shows" from a gross interval of 180 m, directly above basement, in its Nzizi-1 slimhole well in the Ugandan portion of the Albertine basin.
-- Timor JPDA The Timor Sea Designated Authority awarded a production sharing contract on Block 06-102 in the Timor Sea to a group consisting of Malaysia's Petronas, Korea Gas, Samsung, and LG International.
-- Papua New Guinea's Elk-1 gas field could feed LNG InterOil Corp.'s Elk-1 gas discovery in the onshore eastern Papuan basin could potentially kick-start an LNG industry in the country, according to Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Michael Somare.