-- Pertamina awarded Natuna block; ExxonMobil talks fail Indonesia's energy and mineral resources ministry has awarded Pertamina the rights to develop the Natuna block in the South China Sea, including the Natuna D-Alpha gas field in Riau islands province.
-- Total, Iraq in service agreement discussions Total confirmed for OGJ that it is finalizing discussions with Iraq's oil ministry on a technical service agreement for the first phase of West Kurna field development, in partnership with Chevron.
-- Garden Banks gas find due subsea tieback Mariner Energy said it could start production as early as yearend from a deepwater discovery at its Geauxpher prospect on Garden Banks Block 462 in the Gulf of Mexico.
-- Pemex wants seismic survey of Perdido belt in gulf Mexico's Pemex has requested to conduct 2D seismic research in some 514,370 sq km of the Gulf of Mexico, calling in particular for a survey of the Perdido belt, which straddles the US-Mexico maritime border.
-- Nigeria investigates 2007 oil auction Nigeria has suspended Tony Chukwueke from his role as head of the nation's oil industry regulator while it investigates oil licenses awarded last year under a former president.
-- Eni to become operator of Hewett Unit gas field Tullow Oil agreed to sell to Eni its 51.69% stake in Hewett Unit field off the UK as it prepares to increase funds to implement its development programs in Ghana and Uganda.
-- ONGC cool to Gazprom's offer in Orissa block India's ONGC is said to be cool towards Gazprom's offer of a 50% stake in its shallow-water exploration property NEC-OSN-97/1 in the country's North-Eastern coast, off the Orissa coastline.
-- Trinidad and Tobago awards exploration licenses Trinidad and Tobago has granted approval for a consortium comprising OCNG Mittal Energy and Petrotrin to explore and develop Block NCMA 2 in the shallow marine area off northern Trinidad.
-- IOC, OIL to pick up 12.5% each in Timor oil block State-run Indian Oil Corp. and Oil India Ltd. are to spend $27 million each in picking up 12.5% equity stakes from Reliance Industries as farm-in partners in the latter's offshore oil block in East Timor.