-- 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.
-- Jamaica Petroleum Corp. of Jamaica offered four land and 12 offshore blocks for license by a May 1, 2007, deadline.
-- 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.
-- Total's Egina field to be stand-alone development Total SA said Egina oil field, which holds several promising discoveries, may be suitable for stand-alone development. The field is on Total-operated license 130, 150 km off Nigeria.
-- BP assesses gas hydrates with ANS well BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., in collaboration with the US DOE and the USGS, has drilled a well on the Alaskan North Slope to assess the potential of gas hydrates as a long-term nonconventional energy source.
-- BG Group to boost E&P spending 5-7%/year BG Group expects to boost its international exploration and production spending by 5-7%/year through 2009 because of project expansion plans and discoveries.
-- HI-31 find to produce from Pan Andean platform Hunt Oil Co., Dallas, has made an oil and gas discovery on High Island Block 31, just 800 m from the borders of High Island Block 30, another shallow-water block in the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston, Tex.
-- Aramco makes oil discovery with Dirwazah well Saudi Aramco reported an oil discovery in Saudi Arabia about 70 km southeast of Gawar field and 280 km south of Dharan field. The Dirwazah-1 well tested in the Unayzah reservoir at 15,310 ft.