-- Eastern France CBM well encouraging European Gas Ltd., Perth, is drilling a second well after reporting "highly encouraging results" from its first coalbed methane stratigraphic well on the St. Avold portion of the Bleue Lorraine Permit in northeastern France.
-- Carbonate platform, oil found near Rome A stratigraphic test has confirmed the existence of a carbonate platform and found oil shows in the Northern Apennine Thrust in south-central Italy, said Pentex Italia Ltd. and Ascent Resources PLC.
-- Guinea-Bissau State owned Petroguin let contracts to CGGVeritas and First Exchange Corp. to distribute information related to its third license round, which closes on Apr. 30, 2007.
-- Latest BLM lease sale nets nearly $12.6 million Nearly $12.6 million in revenues were generated as the US Bureau of Land Management's New Mexico state office sold 100 federal leases in New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas Jan. 17.
-- Emerald Energy to explore block in Colombia Colombia's National Hydrocarbon Agency (ANH) has granted exploration and production rights to Emerald Energy PLC, London, for a 235-sq-km block in the Putumayo basin in southwestern Colombia.
-- Norway awards 48 licenses for mature areas on NCS BG Group, Premier Oil PLC, and Sweden's PA Resources are some of the companies securing acreage in the mature parts of the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, and the Barents Sea under Norway's licensing round for predefined areas. Norway offered 48 production licenses in total.
-- Wei oil fields off China move to FEED stage The Australian joint venture led by Sydney-based Roc Oil Co. Ltd. is moving towards commercial development of the Wei oil fields in the Beibu Gulf off China.
-- Galp Energia to explore blocks off Portugal Portugal's Galp Energia SA said it will explore three blocks covering 9,000 sq km off southwestern Portugal in partnership with Hardman Resources and Portugal's Partex Oil & Gas.
-- Supergiant gas field claimed near Kovykta An obscure Russian independent operator has discovered a supergiant gas field in southernmost Eastern Siberia's Irkutsk region, Russian press reports said.
-- South Africa Petroleum Agency SA let a contract to CGGVeritas to promote South Africa's 2007 offshore license round.
-- Indago drills Jebel Hafit prospect in Oman Indago Petroleum Ltd. has started drilling the Al Jariya-1 exploration well on the Jebel Hafit prospect on Block 31 onshore Oman. The well has so far reached 103 m in a 26-in. hole with 30-in. casing already set.
-- 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.