-- Syria begins licensing round for offshore blocks Syria's Oil Minister Sufian Al Alao and Syria Petroleum Co. General Manager Omar Al Hamad were in London in late June to promote Syria's first offshore licensing round, where four blocks covering 50, 000 sq km are available for lease.
-- Lam Som reports oil strike off Vietnam Lam Som Joint Operating Co, a joint venture of PetroVietnam Exploration & Production Corp. (PVEP) and Petronas Carigali Overseas Sdn. Bhd. of Malaysia, has reported a discovery off southern Vietnam.
-- Pemex seeks bids for Campeche field pipelines Mexico's state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has launched bidding for pipeline work on 10 wells in the Sonda de Campeche for its Pemex Exploration & Production unit.
-- OGDC taps gas, condensate in Pakistan well Oil & Gas Development Co. Ltd. (OGDC) has made a natural gas and condensate discovery with its Chandio-No. 1 well on Tando Allah Yar block in the Hyderabad district of Pakistan's Sindh province.
-- Statoil's Ballena gas well tested off Venezuela Statoil ASA said it has tested gas at "significant" rates in one of two intervals in its Ballena well, which it recently completed on Block 4 of Plataforma Deltana off eastern Venezuela.
-- Nicaraguan oil development to take time Norwood Resources Ltd., Vancouver, BC, said it is optimistic it will be able to convert its exploration lands in northwestern Nicaragua's Sandino basin into commercially producing fields.
-- Melrose to drill Nile Delta well in Egypt Melrose Resources is preparing to drill the West Khilala No. 7 (Deep) exploration-appraisal well on the southeastern flank of its El Mansoura concession in the Nile Delta field in Egypt.