-- CNOOC makes oil, gas discovery in Bohai Bay CNOOC Ltd. found oil and gas with a discovery well drilled in the Yellow River Mouth Sag of Bohai Bay. The well, Bozhong (BZ) 28-2E-1, was drilled south of Structure BZ 28-2E between BZ 28-1 and BZ 28-2S oil fields.
-- MMS issues final notice for Beaufort Sea lease sale The US Minerals Management Service issued a final notice for OCS Lease Sale 202, covering 8.7 million acres off Alaska's northern coast in the Beaufort Sea. The sale will be held Apr. 18 in Anchorage, MMS said.
-- Canadian Beaufort Canada's minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development invited bids for oil and gas exploration rights on three parcels in the Beaufort Sea/Mackenzie Delta region.
-- Myanmar inks two joint onshore exploration deals Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise has signed a contract with Russia's Silver Wave Sputnik Petroleum and Singapore's Silver Wave Energy for the joint exploration of an onshore block in the Ziphyutaung-Nandaw region in northwestern Myanmar.
-- Statoil to shoot seismic survey on Libyan licenses Statoil AS plans to shoot a 2,000 km, 2D seismic survey in the Kufra license in the southeastern part of Libya for the first time in the country under its work program for the two licenses it was awarded last year.
-- Ascent Resources spuds well in northern Spain Ascent Resources PLC, London, has spudded the Hontomin-4 appraisal well on the Huermeces exploration license 17 km southeast of its Ayoluengo oil field in the Sedano basin in northern Spain.
-- ONGC, Petrobras closer to equity agreements India's state-owned Oil & Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) and Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) have moved one step closer to an equity partnership for deepwater oil and gas blocks in India and Brazil.
-- Jordan Jordan's parliament ratified the production sharing agreement for the Azraq Block in Jordan, said Sonoran Energy Inc., Dallas.
-- UKOOA warns of UK marine licensing bill's impact While applauding objectives of the UK Marine Bill White Paper to streamline current marine oil and gas licensing, the UK Offshore Operators' Association warned Mar. 15 that energy companies could face delays in securing governmental approval for new offshore projects because the proposed bill could add "another layer of bureaucracy" in the environmental sphere.
-- Reliance: 'No gas field equity to foreign players' Despite being a relatively recent entrant to the world of oil exploration and production, India's largest business conglomerate, Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), has declared it will not offer equity stakes in any of its existing or future gas fields to foreign energy majors that offer technologies to develop deepwater gas fields.
-- Pacific Stratus details Colombian finds Pacific Stratus Energy Ltd., Toronto, started production tests at a Llanos basin multizone oil discovery and reported final drillstem test results at a gas discovery in the Lower Magdalena basin in Colombia.
-- South Africa seeks bids for offshore blocks South Africa has invited companies to explore for oil and gas on 34 offshore blocks under its second licensing round since the apartheid regime ended in 1994.
-- BHP to explore deepwater blocks off Malaysia Malaysia's state-owned Petronas awarded BHP Billiton two deepwater blocks, Block N and Block Q, which lie 175 km off Sabah state capital Koto Kinabalu in 1,600-2,800 m of water.