-- Norsk Hydro still awaiting Shtokman rebuff Norsk Hydro ASone of the companies interested in developing Shtokman gas field with OAO Gazprom in the Barents Seahas not received official confirmation from Gazprom that its offer has been rejected, Eivind Reiten, CEO and president of Norsk Hydro, told OGJ.
-- Energen, Chesapeake eye Alabama gas shales Energen Corp., Birmingham, Ala., sold to Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, a 50% interest in its lease position in various shale plays in Alabama for cash and a carried drilling interest.
-- PetroMed approved to explore off Haifa The Israel Ministry of National Infrastructures (MNI) has approved a permit enabling Toronto independent PetroMed PLC to begin exclusive exploration on 3,500 sq km of prospects in the Mediterranean off Haifa in northern Israel.
-- Nido lets contract for Philippines seismic work Nido Petroleum Ltd., Perth, operator of the SC54 joint venture off the Philippines, has signed a contract with Veritas Geophysical Ltd. to acquire and process a 3D seismic survey off Palawan Island.
-- Arizona High Plains Petroleum Corp., Boulder, Colo., staked a 4,300-ft wildcat in Apache County to test the Permian Supai, Pennsylvanian Naco, and Devonian Martin formations.
-- Signet Energy suspends Sawn Lake wells Signet Energy, operator of the Sawn Lake oil sands development in Alberta, has suspended the three wells drilled so far in the Bluesky formation of the Sawn Lake area and has cancelled plans to drill a fourth well.
-- Cambodia Cambodia's National Petroleum Authority awarded Block E in the Khmer basin to Medco International Petroleum Ltd. and JHL Petroleum Ltd.
-- Victoria logs hydrocarbons in Russian well Victoria Oil & Gas PLC, London, has logged hydrocarbons thought to be gas or condensate from exploratory Well 103 on its West Medvezhye license in the Yamal region of Russia.
-- N. Somalia exploration effort planned Canmex Minerals Corp., Vancouver, BC, signed a nonbinding agreement to take a farmout from Range Resources Ltd., Perth, on two blocks in the nonproducing Nogal and Al Medo/Darin basins onshore between the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean in northern Somalia.
-- Ithaca Energy prepares to test well off UK Ithaca Energy Inc., Calgary, has begun running production casing in its Athena 14/18b-15 well drilled to a TD of 11,051 ft in the Outer Moray Firth area of the UK North Sea.
-- Tullow, Hardman to explore Ugandan Block 2 The Ugandan government, Hardman Resources Ltd., and Tullow Oil PLC have agreed under a new memorandum of understanding to progress the appraisal and development activities for Block 2 on the Ugandan side of the Albertine Graben.
-- Premier to commercialize Dua field in Vietnam Premier Oil PLC, London, will move to commercialize its Dua oil and gas field off Vietnam after learning that the oil and gas flow rates for the Dua-5X well on Block 12E were better than expected.
-- Firms start exploration south of Mobile Bay Private Corpus Christi, Tex., independent Royal Exploration Co. and Petsec Energy Ltd., Lafayette, are starting a two or three-well program for gas in Gulf of Mexico federal waters south of Mobile Bay.
-- Development drilling planned for Block 9 off Vietnam Hoan Vu Joint Operating Co., operator of Block 9-2 in the Cuu Long basin off Vietnam, plans development drilling starting in the second quarter 2007 based upon recent test results from an appraisal well.
-- ConocoPhillips gets Browse basin interests Karoon Gas Australia Ltd., Melbourne, has farmed out as much as 60% of its interests in two Browse basin permits off Western Australia to ConocoPhillips.