-- Appraisal positive at Okwok off Nigeria Appraisal drilling of Okwok marginal oil field off southeastern Nigeria has revealed "significant commercial potential" and raised the prospect that the field could go on production as soon as early 2008.
-- MMS Beaufort Sea lease sale set for March The US Minerals Management Service in Anchorage has scheduled March 2007 for its next oil and gas lease sale in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's North Slope.
-- Spar planned for Perdido fields in deep gulf Shell Offshore Inc. and partners will install a production spar in what Shell says will be a world record water depth to develop three oil fields along the Perdido fold belt in the Gulf of Mexico.
-- Nexus plans, funds Crux field development Melbourne independent Nexus Energy Ltd. plans to drill the Crux-2 appraisal well in December in Crux gas-condensate field on Permit AC/P23 in the Browse basin off Western Australia.
-- Oregon Brownstone Ventures Inc., Toronto, plans to buy a 2% participating interest from Savant Resources LLC, private Denver independent, in 366,973 net acres in the Columbia River basin in Oregon for $1.7 million.
-- Ithaca Energy completes Athena well test Ithaca Energy Inc. has completed a test of the 14/18b-15 well on the Athena project in the Outer Moray Firth area of the UK continental shelf (OGJ Online, Oct. 12, 2006).
-- Arkansas Fayetteville shale gas flow rising Gross production from Southwestern Energy Co.'s wells in the eastern Arkoma basin Fayetteville shale play has grown to 70 MMcfd and looks to attain 100 MMcfd by the end of 2006, the company said.
-- Spain Eurogas Corp., Calgary, said its Spanish subsidiary signed an assistance contract with ACS Group, a Spanish industrial group, for development of the Castor underground gas storage project in the Gulf of Valencia off Spain.
-- Talisman to develop Galley, Duart fields in UK North Sea Talisman Energy (UK) Ltd. intends to begin production in fourth quarter 2007 from two UK North Sea fields. Plans are to redevelop Galley oil field and to prepare plans for submission to the Department of Trade and Industry for Duart field.
-- Operators more than replace output in US Operators in the US replaced 164% of dry natural gas production and 122% of crude oil production in 2005, the US Energy Information Administration estimated.
-- More work set at Papuan gas-condensate find InterOil Corp., Toronto, prepared its Elk-1 well on PPL 238 in Papua New Guinea for a 3-week test after a second drillstem test flowed gas-condensate from fractured Miocene Puri limestone.
-- Medco to develop Gulf of Mexico well Medco Energi US LLC plans in early 2007 to install a braced caisson or minimal structure on a well recently drilled on Mustang Island Block 758 in the western Gulf of Mexico.
-- Philippines Otto Energy Ltd., Perth, were starting a 450 line-km 2D seismic survey on Service Contract 55 west of Palawan Island, the first ultradeepwater block awarded by the Philippine Department of Energy.
-- Talisman drills Foothills well, plans others Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, has drilled its 54th successful well in the Alberta Foothills and plans to drill 11 more in the region. It also plans to drill 30 gross wells in 2007.
-- Barnett shale play to grow in Arlington Two Fort Worth independent operators reached agreement with the city council of Arlington, Tex., on lease terms covering acreage under Lake Arlington and other tracts in the vicinity.