-- GeoPark tests two Fell Block wells in Chile GeoPark Holdings said it has successfully tested and placed on production the Estancia Zunilda 1 well and the Santiago Norte 5 well on the Fell Block in Chile.
-- Botswana Zulu Energy Corp., Denver, said it unexpectedly encountered conventional gas while drilling a well in search of coalbed methane in the northeastern part of nonproducing Botswana.
-- Maryland Garrett and Allegany counties in westernmost Maryland have become areas of interest in the Appalachian basin Devonian Marcellus gas shale play since 2006, said the Maryland Geological Survey, Baltimore.
-- GDF Suez to acquire 20% of Libyan PSA GDF Suez has acquired from the Greek integrated energy group Hellenic Petroleum a 20% stake in an exploration-production license in Libya.
-- Nido Petroleum finds oil off Philippines Perth-based Nido Petroleum Ltd.'s Yakal-1 wildcat in SC54 of the Northwest Palawan basin off the Philippines has encountered a 66-m gross oil column.
-- Eni tests gas from Argo 2 well off Sicily Eni SPA plans to develop on a fast-track basis its offshore discoveries in the Silician Strait following test results of 170,000 cu m/day of natural gas from the Argo 2 well.
-- Saipem scoops $830 million of drilling contracts Eni SPA, Addax Petroleum Corp., and Burullus Gas Co. separately contracted Saipem SPA for offshore drilling in West Africa and Egypt in deals with a total value of $830 million.
-- Inpex chooses Darwin, 850-km pipeline for Ichthys Inpex Australia and Total have shunned W. Australia and selected Blaydin Point at Darwin's Middle Arm Peninsula in the Northern Territory as the landfall for development of their Ichthys gas-condensate field.
-- RWE Dea discovers more oil in Sirte basin Libya's state-owned National Oil Co. said RWE Dea has made its eighth oil discovery in the NC-193 concession area in the Sirte basin with exploration well G1-NC 193.
-- Rift flows gas at Puk Puk London-based Rift Oil has flowed 29.2 MMcfd of gas during a test in its Puk Puk-1 wildcat on Papua New Guinea permit PPL235 in the country's Western Province.
-- Pacific Rubiales discovers more oil in Colombia Exploratory well RUB-147 was drilled in the northwestern area of the Rubiales Block in the "Buffer Zone" a 5 km strip that surrounds the adjoining Rubiales and Piriri Blocks.
-- British Colulmbia Operators hope to start production in late 2008 from a coalbed methane project in Northeast British Columbia.
-- Flow rate high at Suez Gemsa area well Vegas Oil & Gas reported a sustained flow rate of 3,388 b/d of 41° gravity oil and 4.25 MMcfd of gas from a well on the North West Gemsa concession in Egypt's Gulf of Suez basin.