-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.