-- US drilling activity slips lower US drilling activity continued to bobble, down by 2 rotary rigs this week to 1,771 rigs working, compared with 1,669 in the same period a year ago, said Baker Hughes Inc. June 22.
-- Heavy oil production starts at Chetopa field MegaWest Energy Corp., Calgary, has begun oil production at its demonstration project in Chetopa field, a nonconventional oil development covering 392 acres in Labette County in southeastern Kansas.
-- SembCorp Marine units win two jack up contracts SembCorp Marine Ltd. subsidiary PPL Shipyard has received a $190 million contract to build a jack up drilling rig for Offshore Group Corp., the third rig ordered by the company.
-- BP terminal work to lift gas recovery off UK BP PLC expects to increase gas recovery by 30% from West Sole and Amethyst fields in the southern UK North Sea by boosting compression in a reconfiguration of onshore terminals.
-- Fort Hills oil sands development plan under way Petro-Canada Oil Sands Inc., on behalf of itself and partner Fort Hills Energy LP, said the Fort Hills oil sands mining project in Alberta is now in the development plan stage.
-- Pemex unit charters SeaDragon semi SeaDragon Offshore has signed a 5-year, $958 million charter contract with Mexico's Pemex Exploration & Production for the SeaDragon Offshore I Oban B deepwater semisubmersible.
-- Fort Hills lets contract for oil sands upgrader Fort Hills Energy has awarded Technip a contract covering FEED, detailed engineering, procurement, construction, and project management for the Fort Hills Oil Sands heavy oil upgrader near Edmonton.
-- Production restored from P-50 FPSO off Brazil after fire Oil and gas production was restored July 7 from Petroleo Brasileiro SA's P-50 floating production, storage, and offloading unit in Albacora Leste field off Brazil following a July 4 fire that broke out on the vessel.
-- Total may hike oil output from Gabon's Anguille field Total Gabon SA is investigating boosting production from Anguille oil field in Gabon, adding more than 100 million bbl of proved and probable reserves and 30,000 b/d of oil in the first half of next decade.