-- US firms get Scotian shelf discovery blocks The CNSOPB awarded exploration blocks that contain the 1976 Penobscot light oil and 1972 Eagle gas discoveries on the Scotian shelf to privately held Ammonite and Catheart Energy.
-- Portugal A group led by Petrobras International Braspetro BV let a contract to SCAN Geophysical ASA, Oslo, to shoot more than 8,500 line-km of 2D seismic in the Atlantic off Portugal.
-- Marcellus play to grow fast, predicts Range Range Resources, using three rigs to drill 40 horizontal wells to Devonian Marcellus shale in the northern Appalachian basin this year, expects to phase in production to 30 MMcfd of gas in first quarter 2009.
-- Haynesville gas logged at Bethany-Longstreet A well in Bethany-Longstreet field in northwestern Louisiana has encountered gas in two Haynesville shale (Jurassic Lower Bossier) intervals, said Cubic Energy Inc., Dallas.
-- Petroandina plans 3-year E&P program in Bolivia Petroandinaa company formed in August 2007 by Bolivia's state-owned Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) 60% and Venezuela's state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) 40%plans to invest $883 million to finance oil and natural gas exploration and production in Bolivia.
-- Nova Scotia Forent Energy Ltd., Calgary, said it obtained rights to the 466,000-acre Beechhill Block in the Shubenacadie subbasin near Antigonish, NS, Canada (see map, OGJ, Aug. 5, 2002, p. 35).
-- Somalia Africa Oil Corp., Vancouver, BC, began shooting a seismic survey on July 9 on the Dharoor Valley Block in Puntland, northern Somalia.
-- Clastic zone producing at Paradox discovery The "O" clastic interval in the Pennsylvanian Hermosa Group produced 7,980 bbl of oil and flared 50.13 MMcf of gas in 30 days from late May to the end of June 2008 at the Greentown Federal 28-11 well in Utah's Paradox basin, said Delta Petroleum Corp., Denver.