-- ONGC secures jack ups for offshore drilling Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd. (ONGC) signed two 3-year contracts with Hercules Offshore Inc., Houston, for the Hercules 258 and Hercules 260 jack up rigs for a drilling program off India.
-- US rig count at 14-week high US drilling activity increased by 5 rotary rigs to 1,828 units working, the highest count in 14 weeks and up from 1,724 in the same period last year, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.
-- FPSO due at Okoro Setu oil field off Nigeria Afren PLC and Amni International Petroleum Development Co. have taken delivery of the Armada Perkasa floating production, storage, and offloading vessel, which will be moored at the Okoro Setu oil project, off Nigeria.
-- Surmont oil sands project starts commercial production The Surmont oil sands project in Alberta started commercial production Dec. 11, said Total E&P Canada Ltd., which owns 50% interest in the ConocoPhillips-operated project (OGJ, May 21, 2007, Newsletter).
-- Norway's Njord field starts gas production After a 2-month delay, StatoilHydro AS produced first gas from the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea, providing a new supply for Europe along with oil production.
-- US drilling slips from 14-week high US drilling activity slipped from a 14-week high, down by 4 rotary rigs to 1,824 still drilling, up from 1,716 a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported Dec. 14.
-- Sudan rebels claim oil field attack Rebels in Sudan said they have attacked the Defra oil field in south Kordofan, halting production estimated at 50,000 b/d, while fending off attacks by forces of the central government.
-- Atlantis producing; will plateau within months BP PLC has ramped up oil and gas production from Atlantis field in deepwater Gulf of Mexico, 130 miles off Louisiana. The facility is expected to reach plateau production over the next 6-12 months.
-- BP starts up Cashima gas production off Trinidad BP PLC reported the start of natural gas production from its Cashima field off Trinidad and Tobago. The Cashima development comprises Cashima field, discovered in 2001, and North East Queens Beach field, discovered in 1975.
-- Gazprom commissions Yuzhno Russkoye gas field Production has started from the 825.2 billion cu m Yuzhno Russkoye oil and gas condensate field in western Siberia, marking new supplies for Western Europe. It will produce 1.4 billion cu m of gas in fourth-quarter 2007. The field will reach its 25 billion cu m designed capacity in 2009.
-- US drilling activity continues to decline US drilling continued to decline, down 15 rotary rigs to 1,809 working this week but up from 1.723 rigs drilling during the same period a year ago, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- Mari Gas orders new rig from China Mari Gas Co. Ltd. (MGCL), Islamabad, has signed an agreement with Honghua Petroleum Equipment Co. Ltd. to import a new drilling rig from China.