-- Retamco, partners gauge gas in Piceance basin well Retamco Operating has found encouraging gas shows from the first of four wells planned in Western Colorado on its North Barcus Creek prospect in the Piceance basin in Rio Blanco County.
-- Thailand leasing round gains additional bids Thailand's Department of Mineral Resources has received three additional applications in its 20th round of petroleum concession bidding, raising the total number of applicants to 31 involving 24 tracts.
-- Putumayo find to go on sustained production Gran Tierra Energy plans to start continuous production at its Juanambu discovery in Colombia's Putumayo basin as soon as it receives regulatory approval, expected in the quarter ending Sept. 30.
-- Newfoundland to get stake in Hebron project Newfoundland and Labrador and the Hebron operating partners signed a memorandum of understanding last week to proceed with development of Hebron and associated oil fields on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland.
-- Vermilion begins exploratory drilling off France Vermilion Energy and partners Verenex Energy and Bordeaux Energy on Aug. 26 began drilling the Orca 1 exploratory well on the Aquitaine Maritime permit in the Bay of Biscay off southwestern France.
-- BG, Challenger farm into block off Trinidad BG International and Challenger Energy have signed agreements to farm in to Canadian Superior Energy's Intrepid Block 5(c) PSC 85 km off the eastern island of Trinidad.
-- Ithaca to drill second Athena appraisal well Ithaca Energy entered into an agreement with Senergy to use the Stena Spey semi and drilling management services to drill the second appraisal well on the Athena oil project in the Outer Moray Firth off Scotland.
-- Hindustan awards contract for work off India Hindustan Oil Exploration has let a contract to a unit of Horizon Offshore for the supply, transportation, and installation of an offshore wellhead, platform, topsides, and subsea pipeline.
-- BLM to host interactive broadcast on new rules The US BLM state and field offices will host an interactive satellite broadcast on Sept. 13 to inform producers and other interested parties about recent revisions to Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 1.
-- Manning promises exploration incentives in 2008 Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning reported during his 2007-08 budget presentation that the Caribbean island nation next year will offer incentives to major oil and gas companies to explore for hydrocarbons in marginal fields.