-- Uzbekistan, oil firms ink PSA for Aral Sea section Uzbekistan, along with a consortium of state-owned Uzbekneftegaz, Lukoil Overseas, Petronas, China National Petroleum Corp., and Korea National Oil Co., have signed a production-sharing agreement for the Uzbek section of the Aral Sea.
-- Norne FPSO to be upgraded for Alve gas project Aker Kvaerner will modify the topsides of the Norne floating production, storage, and offloading unit under a $62.3 million contract so that additional fields can be tied back to Statoil's Alve gas-condensate field in the Norwegian Sea (OGJ, Jan. 22, 2007, Newsletter).
-- ExxonMobil delays Cepu block oil production ExxonMobil Corp. has officially advised Indonesia of its desire for a 10-month delay for oil production from the Cepu block in Central Java from its initial target of first quarter 2009.
-- Cairn aims to produce Rajasthan oil in 2009 Cairn Energy PLC, Edinburgh, says it is confident it can deliver oil from its northern Rajasthan development from 2009 and is in talks with India to reach a satisfactory pipeline offtakes agreement this summer.
-- US rig activity falls US drilling fell this week, with 1,699 rotary rigs working, down by 46 from the previous week but up from 1,487 during the same period last year, said Baker Hughes Inc. Jan. 26.
-- Eni: Kashagan field more 'generous' than thought Kashagan oil field in Kazakhstan is more "generous" than expected, said Eni SPA's Chief Executive Paolo Scaroni Jan. 25, indicating that Kashagan may have higher production rates than originally anticipated.
-- Pearl starts up Jasmine B platform off Thailand Pearl Energy Ltd., a unit of Aabar Petroleum Investments Co. PJSC of Abu Dhabi, on Jan. 22 began oil production at an initial rate of 2,300 b/d from a single development well at the Jasmine B platform in the Gulf of Thailand.
-- Volund field off Norway to come on stream in 2009 Volund oil and gas field, on the Norwegian Continental Shelf 7 miles south of the Alvheim development on Production License 150, will come on stream in the second quarter of 2009, discovery operator Marathon Oil said Jan. 19.