-- Eni tests gas from Argo 2 well off Sicily Eni SPA plans to develop on a fast-track basis its offshore discoveries in the Silician Strait following test results of 170,000 cu m/day of natural gas from the Argo 2 well.
-- Nido Petroleum finds oil off Philippines Perth-based Nido Petroleum Ltd.'s Yakal-1 wildcat in SC54 of the Northwest Palawan basin off the Philippines has encountered a 66-m gross oil column.
-- GDF Suez to acquire 20% of Libyan PSA GDF Suez has acquired from the Greek integrated energy group Hellenic Petroleum a 20% stake in an exploration-production license in Libya.
-- Maryland Garrett and Allegany counties in westernmost Maryland have become areas of interest in the Appalachian basin Devonian Marcellus gas shale play since 2006, said the Maryland Geological Survey, Baltimore.
-- Botswana Zulu Energy Corp., Denver, said it unexpectedly encountered conventional gas while drilling a well in search of coalbed methane in the northeastern part of nonproducing Botswana.
-- GeoPark tests two Fell Block wells in Chile GeoPark Holdings said it has successfully tested and placed on production the Estancia Zunilda 1 well and the Santiago Norte 5 well on the Fell Block in Chile.
-- BNK presses Tishomingo field work, adds land BNK Petroleum signed gas sales and gas processing agreements and acquired more acreage near southern Oklahoma's Tishomingo field, where it is producing gas and oil from Mississippian-Devonian Woodford shale.
-- Russia moves to secure Arctic shelf resources Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, noting that the Arctic shelf could contain 25% of the world's hydrocarbon resources, ordered the Russian government to develop a plan to develop the region.
-- North Argentina discovery flows oil near Chivil Gran Tierra Energy reported a stabilized flow rate of 2,324 b/d of 43.8° gravity oil on test at the Proa.x-1 exploration well on the Surubi block in northern Argentina's Noroeste basin.
-- DOI probe finds bad behavior in MMS RIK office Employees in the US Minerals Management Service's royalty-in-kind office in Denver were paid for outside work, abused drugs and alcohol, and solicited sex, an investigation by the Department of the Interior solicitor general's office found.
-- Chevron signs extension for exploration in PNZ Chevron Corp. signed a 30-year extension with Saudi Arabia on its right to explore and develop reserves in the Partitioned Neutral Zone (PNZ), an oil-producing area between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.