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Drilling Production 2008 P11

  • 07/17/2008 -- 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.
  • 07/18/2008 -- The House's oil state Democrats are making their voices heard
    Oil state Democrats in the House say the leadership listens to their ideas despite its apparent inclination to advocate energy solutions which do not include more domestic oil and gas production.
  • 07/18/2008 -- 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.
  • 07/21/2008 -- 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.
  • 07/21/2008 -- 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.
  • 07/21/2008 -- 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.
  • 07/21/2008 -- TS Dolly enters gulf; Noble evacuates deepwater rigs
    Noble has evacuated more than 165 people from two deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs that may be affected by Tropical Storm Dolly, now entering the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 07/22/2008 -- 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.
  • 07/22/2008 -- 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.
  • 07/23/2008 -- 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.
  • 07/23/2008 -- Taiwan to invest in Canadian oil sands development
    Taiwan's state-owned CPC Corp. has signed an MOU with Canadian-based Indian Oilsands Corp., paving the way for a possible partnership on oil sands development in Alberta.
  • 07/23/2008 -- 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.
  • 07/24/2008 -- Pemex plans Ku-Maloob-Zaap fields subsea pipelines
    Petroleos Mexicanos plans to start building two new pipelines—one oil and one natural gas—in October at the Ku-Maloob-Zaap group of offshore oil and gas fields.
  • 07/24/2008 -- Centrica lets contracts for Grove, Seven Seas fields
    Centrica Resources has let a $70 million EPIC contract to Subsea 7 for the Grove extension and Seven Seas development projects in the southern North Sea.
  • 07/26/2008 -- Agip lets subsea contract for Oyo field off Nigeria
    Agip Exploration Ltd. has let a ¬75 million turnkey contract to Technip SA to design and produce the subsea system for Oyo oil field on Block OML 120/121 off Nigeria.
  • 07/29/2008 -- Gupco starts production from Taurt gas field off Egypt
    Gulf of Suez Petroleum Co. (Gupco) has begun natural gas production from Taurt field on the Ras El Bar concession off Egypt.
  • 07/31/2008 -- BP lets Angolan services contract to Subsea 7
    Aberdeen-based engineering and construction firm Subsea 7 Ltd. emerged as one of the winners from BP PLC's $10 billion investment to develop offshore oil discoveries on deepwater Block 31 off Angola.
  • 07/31/2008 -- BP lets $1 billion contract for work on Block 31 off Angola
    In a $1 billion deal, BP contracted Heerema Marine Contractors to produce the URF-1 risers and production flowlines for its first deepwater oil development on Block 31 off Angola.
  • 07/31/2008 -- Shell declares force majeure after Nembe pipeline attack
    Shell declared force majeure on its export commitments at its Nigerian Bonny Light terminal after Nigerian militants damaged its Nembe oil trunk pipeline in the Niger Delta.
  • 07/31/2008 -- Petrobras lets work contract for Santos, Campos basins
    Brazil's Petrobras awarded Fugro Brasil and Sealion Shipping a $137 million, 3-year contract for inspection, repair, and maintenance work in the Santos and Campos basins.

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