-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.