-- Toreador tests Akcakoca-4 well off Turkey A Toreador Resources Corp. joint venture has encountered 37 m of gas-bearing sands in three zones between 1,159 m and 1,375 m TVD in the Akcakoca-4 wellthe 11th successful well in its South Akcakoca subbasin project off Turkey.
-- Aramco taps Jan De Nul for Manifa field work Saudi Aramco has signed a contract with Belgium dredging contractor Jan De Nul for work that will aid development of offshore Manifa oil and gas field, which is expected to produce 900,000 b/d of Arabian Heavy crude and 120 MMscfd of gas by 2011.
-- Colombia gets two-zone Upper Magdalena find The Hocol subsidiary of Maurel & Prom, Paris, reported a two-zone oil discovery at its La Canada Norte-1 ST well on the San Jacinto/Rio Paez Permit in Colombia's Upper Magdalena basin.
-- Pertamina to explore in Ecuador this year Indonesia's state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina is planning to explore for oil under six production-sharing contracts in Ecuador this year, company officials said.
-- New Mexico carbon dioxide unit formed Ridgeway Petroleum Corp., Houston, formed the 89,734-acre Cottonwood Canyon Unit in Catron County for eventual production of carbon dioxide and helium.
-- Woodside, KNOC to explore Sea of Japan South Korea reported that Korea National Oil Corp. and Australia's Woodside Energy Ltd. have signed an agreement to explore for oil and gas off South Korea in the Sea of Japan.
-- Appraisal well extends Syrah field in Egypt Apache Corp., Houston, said its Syrah 5X appraisal well in Egypt's Western Desert tested 47.6 MMcfd of gas from the Jurassic Lower Safa sand, extending Syrah field to the northwest.
-- Jamaica Petroleum Corp. of Jamaica offered four land and 12 offshore blocks for license by a May 1, 2007, deadline.
-- Timor-Leste parliament to vote on Greater Sunrise treaties Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos Horta has surprised the oil and gas industry this week with an announcement in New York that voting on the Treaty on Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (CMATS) and the Greater Sunrise Unitization Agreement (GSUA) will take place during the country's parliamentary sitting in Dili on Feb. 19.
-- Petrovietnam signs PSC for offshore Block 15-05 Vietnam's state-owned Petrovietnam has signed a production-sharing agreement with a joint venture of Petrovietnam E&P Co. (PVEP) and South Korea's SK Corp. for the exploration of Block 15-05 in the Cuu Long basin off Vung Tau, Vietnam.
-- Nicaragua gets possibly commercial gas find Norwood Resources Ltd., Vancouver, BC, discovered gas, condensate, and light oil in eight zones in what could be Nicaragua's first potentially commercial discovery.
-- Norway extends Goliat oil license in Barents Sea Norway's oil and energy minister Odd Roger Enoksen will grant the Goliat license partners additional acreage to explore in the Barents Sea, after studies suggest the oil reservoir could expand into an area not covered by the original license.
-- Brooks Range begins drilling Gwydyr Bay wells Brooks Range Petroleum Corp. (BPRC), operator of an Alaska North Slope joint venture led by TG World Energy Corp., Calgary, said the drilling has begun on the first of two exploration wells in the Gwydyr Bay Prospect Area.