-- Australia awards 11 offshore exploration permits Total E&P Australia, Samson International (Australia) Pty. Ltd., and CNOOC Australia E&P are among companies acquiring 6-year exploration permits in Australia's latest licensing round. The permits can be renewed twice for periods of 5 years.
-- Dominion acquires exploration license in Uganda Dominion Petroleum Ltd. has signed a production-sharing agreement (PSA) with Uganda to explore Block 4B in southwestern Uganda. The 2,021 sq km block is on the border contiguous with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Block 4B lies southeast of Lake Edward in the Eastern Rift Valley in the same sedimentary basin as Lake Albert.
-- Texas-West Central Giant Petroleum Inc., Irving, Tex., and Hilltex Operating Co. have completed three of 20 wells they plan in Shackelford and Throckmorton counties, Tex.
-- Gulfsands to fast-track Khubert East discovery Gulfsands Petroleum PLC said it intends to move rapidly to commercialize its Khurbert East discovery after it achieved a successful open-hole drillstem test of the first appraisal well on Block 26 in northeastern Syria.
-- WoodMac: 2007 lease sales forecast at $1 billion Edinburgh consultant Wood Mackenzie Ltd. forecasts that proceeds from this year's Gulf of Mexico lease sales 204 and 205, based on past total winning bids, could reach $1 billion.
-- Aurelian plans seismic work in Poland Aurelian Oil & Gas PLC plans to carry out seismic work over the next 3 years, including 3D, on three blocks it acquired under Poland's latest licensing round.
-- West Texas Marfa basin well encounters oil A private Dallas area independent plans to perforate and test next week an exploratory well that encountered oil 35 miles south of Alpine, Tex., in the nonproducing Marfa basin.
-- Petrolifera tests shallow Neuquen oil pool Petrolifera Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, tested light oil from the shallow Cretaceous Centenario formation for the first time on its 100% owned Puesto Morales/Rinconada Concession in Argentina's Neuquen basin.
-- Pemex, BP sign deepwater agreement Mexico's state-run Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and BP PLC July 24 signed three technical-scientific cooperation agreements aimed at boosting exploration in deep waters.
-- India's Cauvery has first deepwater find Reliance Industries Ltd., Mumbai, made the first deepwater hydrocarbon discovery in the Cauvery basin off southeastern India at the company's first well in the basin.
-- Interest rises in New Zealand's East Coast basin Exploratory drilling will be increased late next year in the onshore portions of New Zealand's East Coast basin as Trans-Orient Petroleum Ltd. begins its drilling program on its acreage there.
-- Tullow Oil finds gas in Uganda Tullow Oil PLC reported the Nzizi-2 appraisal well, on Block 2 in Uganda's Lake Albert Rift basin, has tested 14 MMscfd of natural gas.