-- South Texas tar sand pilots gearing up Preheating has started at one tar sand pilot and is due to start later this quarter at another pilot in the Maverick basin 125 miles southwest of San Antonio.
-- Pemex production rises after pipelines repaired Mexico's Pemex said it increased production by 41,000 b/d in June to 2.84 million b/d, a slight improvement over May but still below the company's target of 2.9 million b/d for 2008.
-- BLM releases proposed oil shale development regs The US Bureau of Land Management on July 22 published proposed regulations to establish a commercial oil shale development program, which it said could add as much as 800 billion bbl of oil to US reserves.
-- Libya's NOC renews Murzuq basin oil licenses Repsol-YPF, OMV, and Total will take a lower share of oil production in their Libyan production licenses as a major revision term in their new extended contracts signed with Libya's NOC.
-- UK to work with Nigeria on Niger Delta The UK will help Nigeria with security training in the Niger Delta where militants have attacked oil pipelines and platforms, shutting in almost a quarter of the nation's oil production.
-- Ithaca looks toward UK Athena development A group led by Ithaca Energy plans to start oil production in late 2009 from Athena field in the UK North Sea Outer Moray Firth, where its third well tested 28° gravity oil in mid-July at a stable 2,330 b/d.
-- US rig count continues climbing US drilling activity continued to rise, up by 6 rotary rigs to 1,928 working the week ended July 18, compared with 1,790 during the same period in 2007, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- Brazilian oil workers start 48-hr strike Brazilian oil workers, represented by the Federacion Unica de Petroleros (FUP), announced plans for a 48-hour nationwide strike against state-owned Petroleo Brasileiro SA beginning July 17.
-- Sasol, ENH to drill on Mozambican acreage Sasol and Mozambique's national oil company, Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos EP (ENH), have secured a drilling rig for Blocks 16 and 19 off Mozambique, starting in the third quarter.
-- Central Wilmington pipeline ends oil trucking Trucking oil has been eliminated from the central part of Wilmington field in Long Beach, Calif., and production increased to 243,000 bbl the quarter ended Mar. 31, up 51% on the year.
-- API: US 2Q exploratory drilling up by over 50% Oil and gas producers drilled over 50% more US exploratory wells in the second quarter of this year than a year earlier, the American Petroleum Institute said in its latest quarterly estimate of domestic well completions.
-- BP orders ultraextended-reach rig for Liberty field BP Exploration Alaska Inc. (BPXA), a division of BP PLC, has signed a contract with Houston-based Parker Drilling Co. to build, deliver, and commission a new ultraextended-reach drilling rig for Liberty field in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska.
-- US drilling activity stabilizes US drilling activity remained relatively stable with 1,922 rotary rigs working, 1 more than the previous week, said Baker Hughes Inc.