-- Four rigs to work on at-risk block off India The KG-OSN-2001/3 block off India could soon have four rigs drilling even though the first exploration phase has expired without the required 14 wells having been drilled.
-- Utica shale gas sought in Quebec Lowlands A large US independent will exercise an option to join Junex Inc., Quebec City, Que., in an $8 million pilot project to evaluate gas potential in Ordovician Utica shale in the St. Lawrence Lowlands of Quebec.
-- Multizone southeast Texas exploration set Two independents plan to explore mainly for gas in several formations in San Jacinto County, Tex., in an area on trend with Double A Wells field in Polk County.
-- Putumayo well logs oil pay in four zones Gran Tierra Energy Inc., Calgary, set casing to test a field wildcat that logged potential oil pay in four Cretaceous zones on the Chaza Block in the Putumayo basin in southern Colombia.
-- Barbados The Barbados Ministry of Energy and the Environment will launch a 2007 offshore licensing round with the offer of 20 blocks on the shelf and deepwater Northeast Caribbean Deformed Belt.
-- Nicaraguan exploration well noncommercial Norwood Resources Ltd., Calgary, was moving to test its first indicated discovery in the Sandino basin of western Nicaragua after it plugged its second well there as noncommercial.
-- Falcon to develop Mako Trough in Hungary Timing remains uncertain, but Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd., Denver, plans to develop a vast basin-centered gas accumulation in southeastern Hungary, where it just announced an oil discovery.
-- Polk County Austin chalk lateral gauged Meridian Resource Corp., Houston, said it is evaluating the merits of single lateral wells to develop Austin chalk oil and gas adjacent to Double A Wells Woodbine field in Polk County, southeast Texas.
-- 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.