-- 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.
-- 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.
-- DOE to store CO2, recover CBM simultaneously In a new program, the US Department of Energy and its Southwest Regional Partnership recently began to inject carbon dioxide into a large coal bed while simultaneously recovering natural gas, DOE's Fossil Energy Office reported Aug. 4.
-- Apache, EGPC JV lets Salam gas plant contracts Khalda Petroleum, a JV of Apache and EGPC, let a contract to Petrofac for EPC services for an additional gas train at the Salam gas plant on Apache's Khalda Concession in Egypt's Western Desert.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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).
-- 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.
-- 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.