-- Total seeks Syrian oil block PSA extension Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie will accompany French president Nicolas Sarkozy on a state visit to Syria this week, aiming to negotiate the extension of an oil block agreement.
-- StatoilHydro makes Barents Sea gas find StatoilHydro AS discovered natural gas within the Arenaria prospect on Block 7224/6 in the Barents Sea but said it's too early to tell if the gas can be produced because it's from poor quality reservoir rocks of middle Triassic age.
-- Queensland bans oil shale projects for 2 years The Queensland government has placed a 2-year moratorium on oil shale projects, paralysing the proposed Queensland Energy Resources Ltd. (QER) project in the McFarlane deposit about 15 km south of Proserpine on the state's central east coast.
-- Petroecuador seeks to develop Block 20 heavy oil Petroecuador's president said Ivanhoe Energy would begin work within 9 months towards the production of heavy crude oil from Pungarayacu heavy oil field on Block 20 in Ecuador's Oriente basin.
-- Gassco lets seabed surveys contract Gassco AS has let a contract to Sweden's Marine Matteknikk AB to start seabed surveys in September for potential carbon dioxide pipelines.
-- UK independents thrive in UK North Sea Small and midsized operators are benefiting the most from record oil and gas prices in the UK North Sea as they develop fields that were otherwise too costly in the past, according to Lloyds TSB Bank.
-- Europe Gold Point Energy Corp., Vancouver, BC, let a contact to LO&G Consultants GMBH to study unconventional gas potential in several unspecified Central European basins.
-- Bulgarian gas-condensate find indicated Direct Petroleum Exploration, a private Denver operator, is referring to an indicated gas-condensate discovery as "the highest pressure gas reservoir ever encountered in Bulgaria."
-- Atlas Petroleum discovers oil with Tunisia well A group of companies led by Atlas Petroleum Worldwide Exploration will drill a sidetrack from the Ras El Besh 3 (REB3) well following an oil discovery on the Sfax permit off Tunisia.
-- Tierra del Fuego gets Tobifera oil find A group led by Roch will undertake a long term pump test on a Jurassic Tobifera oil discovery on 521,000 acres of concessions at Tierra del Fuego in Argentina's Austral basin.
-- Chrysaor farms in to Spanish Point gas discovery Providence Resources and Sosina Exploration have granted a 30% stake under a farmout agreement to Chrysaor Holdings for their Spanish Point gas-condensate discovery in the Porcupine basin off Ireland.