-- US rig count continues to slip US drilling continued to slip for the second consecutive week, down by 4 units with 1,760 rotary rigs still working, up from 1,744 during the same period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.
-- Compression to buoy Sawan gas output in Pakistan OMV (Pakistan) Exploration GMBH has awarded a $100 million contract to ABB Process Solutions & Services SPA to install a compression facility at Sawan gas field in Sindh Province, in the central Indus basin 500 km from Karachi.
-- US drilling at 9-week high US drilling activity continued to increase to the highest level in 9 weeks with 1,801 rotary rigs working this week, 6 more than the previous week, and up from 1,693 a year ago, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- Saipem secures rig for Gulf of Mexico work Italy's Eni SPA has awarded Saipem a 5-year contract for the new Scarabeo 9 deepwater semisubmersible drilling rig for work mainly in the Gulf of Mexico.
-- US drilling activity dips slightly US drilling activity slipped slightly this week, down 4 units with 1,797 rotary rigs still working, compared with 1,696 active rigs in the same period last year, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- BP starts up Mango gas field off Trinidad and Tobago BP Trinidad & Tobago began natural gas production from its wholly owned and operated Mango field on Galeota block about 35 miles southeast of Galeota Point in 235 ft of water off Trinidad and Tobago.
-- BHP brings Stybarrow project on stream BHP Billiton Ltd. has begun production, ahead of schedule, from the Stybarrow development on Block WA-32-L in the Exmouth subbasin 65 km off Western Australia's North West Shelf. The $760 million development initially was expected to start up in early 2008.
-- Cantarell and Ku Maloob Zaap production falling Production of crude oil in Mexico's main oilfieldsCantarell and Ku Maloob Zaap, in the Gulf of Mexico Campeche Soundis falling due to water and salt seepage into the reservoirs, official documents reveal.
-- Problems noted in new Brazilian production Brazilian officials have acknowledged that state-owned Petroleo Brasileiro SA is having problems increasing production in existing fields with new offshore platforms and floating units.