-- CNX to double New Albany gas play position CNX Gas Corp., Pittsburgh, will acquire by lease oil and gas acreage in western Kentucky, doubling its position in the Illinois basin's emerging Devonian New Albany shale gas play to nearly 140,000 acres.
-- Rwanda The Ministry of State granted Vangold Resources Ltd., Vancouver, BC, the nonexclusive right to undertake an 18-month technical review of oil and gas potential on 7,208 sq km in northwestern Rwanda.
-- Iraq Taq Taq wells flow oil at high rates The TT-06 appraisal well in Taq Taq field the Kurdistan sector of northeastern Iraq has flowed oil at an aggregate rate of 18,900 b/d of 48° gravity oil at a low gas-oil ratio from three unstimulated Cretaceous-age formations.
-- Inpex plans drilling off Japan in late June In the first large-scale gas exploration off Japan in 30 years, Inpex Holdings Inc.'s Tokyo unit, Teikoku Oil Co., in late June will begin drilling for natural gas some 20 km off the northern Ibaraki Prefecture of Japan's Kanto region.
-- Rockhopper prepares EIA for Falklands licenses Rockhopper Exploration has contracted RPS Energy to carry out an EIA to gather information for drilling its Ernest and other prospects on licenses PL023 and PL024 off the Falkland Islands.
-- Giddings gas flows in Montgomery County Southern Bay Operating said it holds enough acreage to support spudding a well every 60-90 days for 2-3 years for Austin chalk gas in the Grimes-Montgomery extension area of Giddings field on the Texas Gulf Coast.
-- Gazprom Neft, Statoil forge oil E&P partnership Statoil ASA and Gazprom Neft, based on a memorandum of understanding signed in April, have established a joint working group aimed at assessing possible joint venture exploration and production projects in Russia and overseas.
-- Oilexco to test Huntingdon prospect in UK North Sea Oilexco North Sea Ltd. and its partners will carry out a drillstem test on the Upper Jurassic Fulmar sand in the Huntington prospect in the UK Central North Sea to confirm the extent and commerciality of the reservoir.
-- Pakistan grants exploration license for Kunri block Pakistan granted an exploration license to a joint venture of Horizon E&P (60% working interest) and Kuwait Energy Co. (40%) for Kunri block in the districts of Badin, Mirpur Khas, Umer Kot, and Mithi of Sindh Province.
-- Talisman lets engineering contract for Yme field Talisman Energy Inc., operator of Yme field, let a €110 million, turnkey contract to Technip on behalf of its consortium members to undertake engineering work for the redevelopment of the Norwegian North Sea field.
-- Gulfsands to develop Khurbet East in Syria Gulfsands Petroleum PLC, London, has suspended for future production the Khurbet East-1 discovery well on Block 26 in Syria after conducting a drillstem test (OGJ Online, Mar. 28, 2007).
-- MEO signs up partner for Timor Sea work MEO Australia Ltd. of Melbourne has farmed out as much as a 10% stake in its NT/P68 exploration permit in the Timor Sea to Petrofac, a UK engineering and services group.
-- MMS announces latest royalty in-kind contracts The US Minerals Management Service will receive more than 3.7 million bbl of oil as royalties in-kind under contracts awarded to four US producers, the Department of the Interior agency said.