-- US drilling activity increases for third week US drilling activity continued to grow for the third consecutive week despite a blanket of ice and snow across much of the nation, increasing by 28 rotary rigs to 1,745 units working this week, up from 1,472 during the same period in 2006, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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).
-- 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.
-- Petrobras begins production from Cottonwood field Petrobras America Inc. on Feb. 4 began producing from the first well in the Cottonwood gas-condensate field in the Gulf of Mexicothe first deepwater field outside of Brazil that Petrobras, as operator, has developed and put into production.
-- Statoil starts Gullfaks fields oil production Statoil ASA has begun oil production from its Skinfaks field and has implemented improved oil recovery techniques to boost oil output from Rimfaks field. Both lie in the Gullfaks license in the Tampen area of the Norwegian North Sea.
-- US drilling rises again; up 17 rigs US drilling activity continued to increase, adding 17 more rotary rigs for a total of 1,731 this week, up from 1,532 during the same period in 2006, said Baker Hughes Inc.