-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.