-- Petrolifera tests shallow Neuquen oil pool Petrolifera Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, tested light oil from the shallow Cretaceous Centenario formation for the first time on its 100% owned Puesto Morales/Rinconada Concession in Argentina's Neuquen basin.
-- West Texas Marfa basin well encounters oil A private Dallas area independent plans to perforate and test next week an exploratory well that encountered oil 35 miles south of Alpine, Tex., in the nonproducing Marfa basin.
-- Aurelian plans seismic work in Poland Aurelian Oil & Gas PLC plans to carry out seismic work over the next 3 years, including 3D, on three blocks it acquired under Poland's latest licensing round.
-- WoodMac: 2007 lease sales forecast at $1 billion Edinburgh consultant Wood Mackenzie Ltd. forecasts that proceeds from this year's Gulf of Mexico lease sales 204 and 205, based on past total winning bids, could reach $1 billion.
-- Gulfsands to fast-track Khubert East discovery Gulfsands Petroleum PLC said it intends to move rapidly to commercialize its Khurbert East discovery after it achieved a successful open-hole drillstem test of the first appraisal well on Block 26 in northeastern Syria.
-- Texas-West Central Giant Petroleum Inc., Irving, Tex., and Hilltex Operating Co. have completed three of 20 wells they plan in Shackelford and Throckmorton counties, Tex.
-- Dominion acquires exploration license in Uganda Dominion Petroleum Ltd. has signed a production-sharing agreement (PSA) with Uganda to explore Block 4B in southwestern Uganda. The 2,021 sq km block is on the border contiguous with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Block 4B lies southeast of Lake Edward in the Eastern Rift Valley in the same sedimentary basin as Lake Albert.
-- Australia awards 11 offshore exploration permits Total E&P Australia, Samson International (Australia) Pty. Ltd., and CNOOC Australia E&P are among companies acquiring 6-year exploration permits in Australia's latest licensing round. The permits can be renewed twice for periods of 5 years.
-- Deltana to fund Po Valley test under farmout Deltana Energy Ltd. of Australia will pay for an exploration well targeting a Pliocene objective in the western part of the Cento and Bastiglia exploration permits in Italy's Po Valley under a farmout from Ascent Resources PLC, London.
-- Western Desert-Nile Delta discoveries grow Chile's Sipetrol International SA and Oil Search Ltd., Sydney, are testing a third exploratory well after two oil discoveries in the northeastern part of Egypt's Western Desert.
-- Tiger Shoal gulf wildcat finds more pay McMoRan Exploration Co., New Orleans, said its Flatrock deeper pool discovery well in Tiger Shoal field has encountered Miocene gas-condensate pay in three zones deeper than the five previously indicated productive in South Marsh Island Block 212 in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.
-- EPL, Hunt wells find pay on gulf shelf Energy Partners Ltd., New Orleans, reported dual oil and gas successes in the South Timbalier and Eugene Island areas of the Gulf of Mexico shelf.
-- Total has eleventh oil discovery off Angola Operator Total E&P Angola and Sonangol have tested 2,130 b/d of oil through a 32/64-in. choke from the Colorau-1 exploration well on deepwater Block 32 off Angola.