-- China reports northern Xinjiang region gas find China's National Mineral Resource Committee has reported PetroChina's discovery of a major gas field, claiming proved reserves of 100 billion cu m, in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
-- Petromin buys into Papua New Guinea fields Papua New Guinea's state company Petromin has bought a 20.5% direct interest in onshore Elk-Antelope gas field discovered by InterOil in the country's Gulf province.
-- Saratoga developing Vermilion 16 area Saratoga Resources Inc., Houston, chasing untapped potential in Vermilion 16 field in state waters off Louisiana, acquired four tracts adjacent to the field and has commissioned a full-field study.
-- Qatar Qatar Petroleum let a 4-year, multimillion dollar contract to Jaguar Exploration Inc., Houston, for technical and operational supervision and control of Dukhan field 3D seismic survey services.
-- More West Texas Overthrust exploration set Cantex Energy, in partnership with Big Canyon Energy, signed an exploration and development agreement with Slawson Exploration covering the Big Canyon prospect in Terrell County, Tex.
-- New Zealand offers Northland, Raukumara blocks New Zealand Crown Minerals offered six exploration blocks in the Northland basin northwest of Auckland and two off East Cape in the Raukumara basin off the North Island.
-- Cabot to hike Pennsylvania Marcellus program Cabot Oil & Gas plans to boost production from Devonian Marcellus shale in northeastern Pennsylvania in the next few weeks from the current 13 MMcfd as it hooks up six vertical and three horizontal wells.
-- Kazakh firms, BG Group agree to study E&P deals KazMunayGas, KazMunaiGas EP, and BG Group have agreed to study upstream opportunities in Kazakhstan and other countries under a cooperation agreement signed Dec. 5 in Almaty.
-- Reindeer gas project off Western Australia postponed The Apache Australia-Santos Ltd. joint venture has postponed its Reindeer gas project development off Western Australia, citing the poor global economic outlook that has impacted the project's main customer.
-- Bulgarian Black Sea gas business expands Melrose Resources PLC said its Kavarna-1 exploration well 7 km east of Galata gas field on the Black Sea shelf off Bulgaria attempted to blow out and was plugged for safety reasons.
-- US Gulf Coast Mining Oil Inc., Houston, a development stage company, set a $23 million budget for its share of costs to drill two properties with Jurasin Oil & Gas Inc., Houston, in South Louisiana and off Mustang Island, Tex.