-- US rig count continues decline US drilling activity continued to decline for the fifth consecutive week, with the number of active rotary rigs down by 5 to 1,755, compared with 1,724 drilling a year ago, Baker Hughes said.
-- Pemex lets contract for Yaxche platforms Pemex E&P awarded ICA Fluor subsidiary Industrias del Hierro two contracts for the design and construction of two lightweight drilling platforms, Yaxche-B and KAB-A.
-- GDF, Vattenfall plan CO2 pilot program in Germany In a move it claims is consistent with its sustainable development policy, Gaz de France has signed a cooperation agreement with Germany's Vattenfall Group for a carbon dioxide pilot project in Germany.
-- 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.
-- US drilling continues to fall US drilling activity continued to slide for the third consecutive week, down by 18 to 1,769 rotary rigs still working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported Sept. 21.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.