-- 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.
-- Ivanhoe completes Athabasca bitumen test Ivanhoe Energy Inc. completed an Athabasca bitumen test run at its commercial demonstration plant in Bakersfield, Calif., using HTL, the company's proprietary heavy oil upgrading technology.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Rancher plans CO2 EOR in Wyoming fields Rancher Energy Corp. has selected two contractors to implement the front-end engineering and design of an enhanced oil recovery project using carbon dioxide injection in Powder River basin fields in Wyoming.
-- Heritage begins oil production from Siberian field Heritage Oil Corp. has begun oil production from one well at its Zapadno Chumpasskoye field in Western Siberia. Russian federal and local authorities have approved a pilot development project for the field that includes the drilling of more than 50 wells.
-- Complex Tangguh partnership spat triggers lawsuit Talisman Energy Inc. will challenge CNOOC Ltd. in a Texas court over the Chinese firm's 17% stake in the $5 billion Tangguh project, which is expected to begin commercial LNG production in 2008-09.
-- Nigeria's May production lowest since 2003 Violence pulled Nigerian oil production in May to its lowest level since early 2003, according to the International Energy Agency's June Oil Market Report.
-- Mubarek infill well spudded off Sharjah Sky Petroleum Inc., Austin, Tex., said drilling has started on the K2-ST3 sidetrack in Mubarek oil field operated by Crescent Petroleum Co. International Ltd. off Sharjah.