-- US drilling activity dips US drilling activity dipped this week, down by 6 to 1,951 rotary rigs working, compared with 1,781 during the same period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.
-- Brazilian oil, gas labor union set to strike The labor union representing oil and gas platform workers in Brazil's Campos basin has announced plans for a second 5-day strike against state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras).
-- Menzel Ledjmet East output goal is mid-2011 The target for first hydrocarbons production from the $1.3 billion Menzel Ledjmet East development in eastern Algeria's Berkine basin is the second quarter of 2011, said First Calgary Petroleums.
-- AED expands Puffin oil field development AED Oil Ltd.'s Puffin oil field in the Timor Sea has produced 1.6 million bbl of oil and $67 million (Aus.) in revenue during the 2007-08 financial year.
-- OGX leases Ocean Quest semi for Campos blocks Brazil's privately held OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes has signed an agreement with Diamond Offshore Netherlands BV, a subsidiary of Diamond Offshore Drilling, for the charter of a third drilling rig.
-- Transnet lets contract for South Africa pipeline Johannesburg-based Transnet has awarded a €40 million contract to Siemens Energy to supply automation controls for Transnet's planned 700-km multiproduct pipeline in South Africa.
-- Colorado cleared for Anvil Points leasing revenue The US Energy and Interior secretaries jointly notified Congress on Aug. 8 that the way has been cleared for Colorado to begin receiving leasing revenue from Naval Oil Shale Reserves Nos. 1 and 2 on the Roan Plateau.
-- Turkey's Thrace basin gas to flow in 2009 A group led by Incremental Petroleum Ltd., Perth, plans to start gas production in mid-2009 from the Edirne license in the Thrace basin northwest of Istanbul.
-- Queensland oil shale project still in the wings Queensland Energy Resources has shunned the Alberta-Taciuk Processor revolving kiln oil shale processing technology in favor of the Paraho II technology to develop its deposits along Queensland's east coast.
-- Azerbaijan reduces oil production by 80% Azerbaijan has reduced its oil production by 80% as oil transport has been suspended via its export pipelines, Baku-Supsa and BTC, according to local media.
-- US rig count continues to climb US drilling continued to increase the week ended Aug. 15, with 23 more rotary rigs for a total of 1,990 working, up from 1,795 during the same period in 2007, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- StatoilHydro lets contract for Troll B gas injection StatoilHydro let a $100 million contract to Subsea 7 to design and install Troll B gas injection facilities to improve oil recovery at the country's largest gas field in the Norwegian North Sea.