-- Inpex finds gas with Mimia-1 Browse basin wildcat Japanese company Inpex Australia and its partner Total E&P Australia have found a 72-m gas column in their Mimia-1 wildcat drilled in Browse basin permit WA-344-P off northwest Western Australia.
-- Orca drops Uganda Block 5 drilling plans Orca Exploration Group decided not to drill a well onshore on Exploration Area 5 in northern Uganda after determining that the risks were too high to justify the costs.
-- Maverick fracs unlock Pearsall shale gas Cretaceous Pearsall shale flowed gas at the rate of 3.5 MMcfd with 2,500 b/d of frac fluid after a five-stage frac job at a well in the Maverick basin, said TXCO Resources.
-- StatoilHydro lets seismic survey contracts StatoilHydro has contracted PGS Geophysical, CGG Veritas, and Wavefield Inseis to carry out seismic surveys in 2009 on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the Faroes, and Ireland in contracts worth 1.2 billion kroner.
-- Low-quality pay could hike Pinedale reserves The placing on production of low-quality pay zones at giant Pinedale gas-condensate field in northwest Wyoming could increase the original gas in place estimate, said Ultra Petroleum.
-- Petrobras to begin Tupi pilot production in 2009 Petrobras plans to start oil production from its giant Tupi field in the Santos basin off Rio de Janeiro state in March 2009, the company's chief executive told reporters Aug. 1 in London.
-- Equitable reports progress with Kentucky Berea gas play Equitable Resources Inc., Pittsburgh, said it has had encouraging results from early drilling for gas in Lower Mississippian Berea sandstone mostly in Kentucky and plans to have spud 25-30 Berea wells in 2008.
-- 3D Oil considering development of West Seahorse 3D Oil is considering a possible tie-in to existing ExxonMobil-operated infrastructure in the Bass Strait as a way of developing its small West Seahorse oil field on permit Vic/P57.
-- Success spreads on Libyan Ghadames block A discovery on northern Area 47 in the Ghadames basin in Libya has confirmed the potential of a new Silurian Lower Acacus play fairway on the northern part of the area.
-- Southwestern Energy's Fayetteville output nears 500 MMcfd Southwestern Energy said its gross operated production from the Fayetteville shale play area in north-central Arkansas was 500 MMcfd of gas, including 12 MMcfd from 14 wells producing from conventional reservoirs.
-- Apache boosts Egypt western desert output Apache Corp. said it has proved a Jurassic Safa formation oil play that could cover as much as 830 sq miles in Egypt's western desert, most of it on company-operated acreage.
-- Prince Edward Island Corridor Resources Inc., Halifax, NS, and PetroWorth Resources Inc., Calgary, revised an agreement regarding gas exploration and licensing on Prince Edward Island off eastern Canada.