-- US drilling activity increases US drilling activity increased to 1,816 rotary rigs working this week, up 21 units from 1,795 the previous week.
-- Statoil selects preferred subsea suppliers Statoil has signed letters of intent with Aker Kvaerner Subsea AS and FMC Technologies as selected companies to provide subsea equipment and services for existing and future projects.
-- Gaz de France plans gas storage caverns in UK GDF has signed an agreement with Ineos Enterprises for the development of a proposed salt cavern storage facility for gas at Stublach in Cheshire in Northwest England.
-- Alabama strat trap oil field still growing A southern Alabama oil field with a unique trapping mechanism is still under development after having become the state's largest producing field in 2005.
-- GSF orders newbuild ultradeepwater rig GlobalSantaFe is adding to its deepwater drilling fleet and has signed a turnkey contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries for a newbuild ultradeepwater drillship.
-- Hydro begins Ormen Lange gas production Development operator Norsk Hydro has started gas production from giant Ormen Lange field on the Norwegian continental shelf, with deliveries via the Langeled pipeline.
-- US drilling activity decreases US drilling declined for the week ended Sept. 14, down by 27 units to 1,787 rotary rigs still working vs. 1,814 during the previous week, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- CNPC increases drilling forecast for 2007 China's CNPC announced plans to drill 17% more horizontal wells in 2007 than originally planned in order to increase production from both mature and newer fields.
-- Woodside brings Thylacine gas project on stream Woodside Petroleum has brought on stream its Thylacine gas development in the Otway basin off western Victoria after the project's scheduled start-up had fallen behind by more than a year.
-- Austral Pacific producing from Cheal oil field Austral Pacific Energy has completed commissioning of the small Cheal oil field in the Taranaki basin, onshore New Zealand, and it says the field will be opened officially on Oct. 8.