-- Washington state acreage, drilling progress Operators are consolidating acreage positions in the Columbia River basin as EnCana Corp.'s US unit drills its third subbasalt wildcat in the nonproducing area since 2004.
-- Tullow finds oil on Suriname's Uitkijk Block Key Petroleum said it has been notified that oil has been encountered in the first two onshore wells drilled by its partner Tullow Oil PLC in Suriname's Uitkijk Block.
-- India lowers Krishna-Godavari gas find estimates India has dramatically reduced the estimated size of recent gas discoveries in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) basin of Andhra Pradesh, which could diminish the area's attraction to the world's top energy players.
-- Pemex moves forward on Chicontepec development Petroleos Mexicanos E&P (Pemex) has selected ICA Fluor for a 4-year integrated EPC-oil field services contract at onshore Chicontepec oil field 250 km northeast of Mexico City.
-- ATP advances Mirage field development Bluewater Industries, project manager of Mirage field on behalf of 100% owner and operator ATP Oil & Gas, has let a contract to Technip for subsea structures for the field's development.
-- Rig fire dashes Oilexco's Shelley appraisal plans Oilexco said it is unsure when it will resume appraisal drilling on the Shelley oil well on Blocks 22/2b and 22/3a in the UK North Sea after a fire broke out on the Ocean Guardian rig Aug. 14.
-- Libya launches gas licensing round in London Libya has invited operators in London to bid for acreage under its fourth licensing round, but this time it focuses on natural gas. The deadline for applications is Nov. 30.
-- BHP makes Carnarvon basin gas discovery BHP Billiton Ltd., Melbourne, has made a gas discovery with its Thebe-1 exploration well on Block WA-346-P in the Exmouth Plateau of the Carnarvon basin 186 miles off Western Australia.
-- Woodside lets contract for Pluto development Woodside has let a $200 million contract to FMC Technologies for a subsea system for the Pluto LNG project, which will use gas from Pluto field off Western Australia.
-- Western Portugal exploration program starts Mohave Oil & Gas Corp., private Houston operator, plans to proceed with an exploration program in the Lusitanian basin of west-central Portugal later this year.