-- 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.
-- 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.
-- ONGC budgets $315 million for marginal gas fields India's ONGC has approved a $315 million budget to develop by 2010 a cluster of marginal offshore gas fields on the northwest portion of Bombay High, India's largest offshore oil field.
-- AED secures another Timor Sea field to develop AED Oil Ltd., Melbourne, has bought 100% of Talbot field in the Timor Sea from Apache Energy for $2 million and plans a new development to complement its nearby wholly owned Puffin development.
-- Uruguay offshore seismic survey starting Nonproducing Uruguay's Ministry of Energy & Environment let a contract to Wavefield Inseis, Oslo, for a 7,000 line-km long offset 2D seismic survey on the country's continental shelf.
-- East Siberian gas development to pick up Russia's OAO Gazprom and Urals Energy PCL, Nicosia, Cyprus, agreed to cooperate on gas field and pipeline projects in Eastern Siberia Russia's Irkutsk oblast including development of Dulisminskoye oil and gas-condensate field.