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Exploration Development 2008 P15

  • 06/29/2008 -- Norway launches 20th licensing round
    Norway has invited operators to bid for 79 blocks or parts of blocks under its 20th licensing round that covers the Norwegian and Barents seas.
  • 06/30/2008 -- Brazil plans oil law changes, oil management firm
    Brazil's Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao plans to propose the creation of a new state-run firm that would manage oil discoveries made in recent months in the Santos basin.
  • 06/30/2008 -- Australia's Offshore Petroleum Act 2006 in effect
    Australia's Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 will be replaced July 1 with the new Offshore Petroleum Act 2006 (OPA).
  • 07/01/2008 -- Soco tests Block 16-1 gas, condensate off Vietnam
    Soco International PLC reported gas and condensate flowed during a drillstem test on the Te Giac Den 1X sidetrack well off Vietnam.
  • 07/02/2008 -- Gold Point Energy farms in to Bulgarian licenses
    JKX Oil & Gas and Aurelian Oil & Gas PLC plan to bring in Gold Point Energy Corp. as a farm-in partner on the B Golitza and B1 Golitza licenses in Bulgaria.
  • 07/02/2008 -- Bulgaria
    Gold Point Energy will prospect for gas in shallow Eocene and Oligocene sandstones on 500 sq km in the Varna Trough of the Western Black Sea basin under an agreement with JKX Oil & Gas and Aurelian Oil & Gas.
  • 07/02/2008 -- Husky presses work in basins off South China
    Husky Energy Inc., Calgary, has signed on for its eighth block off South China and plans to begin delineating its Liwan 3-1 deepwater gas discovery later this year.
  • 07/04/2008 -- Lundin finds oil on Lagansky block in Caspian Sea
    Lundin Petroleum said its Morskaya-1 exploration well, which was drilled on Lagansky block in the northern Caspian Sea, has encountered a major oil accumulation in the Aptian and Neocomian sandstone reservoirs.
  • 07/07/2008 -- Petroceltic scoops nine Italian exploration permits
    Petroceltic International PLC has received from the Italian government nine exploration permits in the central Adriatic off Italy.
  • 07/07/2008 -- Seismic starts in central British Columbia's Nechako basin
    Industry-led, nonprofit Geoscience BC has launched a 350 line-km 2D seismic survey southwest of Prince George in British Columbia's nonproducing Nechako basin.
  • 07/08/2008 -- Sterling Energy spuds Iris Marin well off Gabon
    Sterling Energy spudded its Iris Charlie Marin-1 exploration well in the Iris Marin production-sharing contract area off Gabon.
  • 07/08/2008 -- OGDC finds gas with Dhodak Deep well in Pakistan
    Pakistan OGDC reported a gas discovery with its Dhodak Deep No. 1 exploration well drilled in Dera Ghazi Khan district in Punjab province under the Dhodak D&P license.
  • 07/10/2008 -- Canadian Superior to test Bounty well off Trinidad
    Canadian Superior Energy and BG International will conduct flow testing on the Bounty well, which was drilled on the Intrepid Block 5(c) off the east coast of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • 07/10/2008 -- MMS elevates alternative energy office
    The US Minerals Management Service has created a new organization to reflect the significance the agency places on alternative energy.
  • 07/11/2008 -- House Dems now propose leasing within NPR-A
    US House Democrat leaders said they would increase available domestic oil and gas acreage by ordering the US Bureau of Land Management to begin leasing tracts within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
  • 07/13/2008 -- Brazil likely will hold two lease auctions in 2008
    Brazil will likely hold two auctions for oil and gas exploration blocks in 2008, but will exclude rights to blocks in the presalt layer until passage of a new regulatory law.
  • 07/16/2008 -- Shell awards Oceaneering Perdido subsea works
    Shell Oil Co. recently awarded a contract to Oceaneering International Inc., Houston, for fabrication and installation of subsea equipment on Shell's ultradeepwater Perdido Regional Development project in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 07/16/2008 -- CNOOC completes Bohai Bay discovery
    China National Offshore Oil Co. successfully completed its wildcat Ken Li (KL) 10-1-1 well, drilled independently in Bohai Bay.
  • 07/16/2008 -- GeoPark tests wildcat's oil on Chile's Fell block
    GeoPark Holdings Ltd. discovered an oil field in Chile's Fell block following drilling and testing at its Aonikenk 1 exploration well.
  • 07/16/2008 -- 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.
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