-- UK's Moth a dual oil, gas-condensate find Although not quantified, the Moth exploration well in UK Central North Sea Block 32/21 is a large discovery, said the UK subsidiary of Oilexco Inc., Calgary.
-- 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).
-- NOC signs E&P deals with Occidental, OMV Libya's National Oil Co. has signed exploration and production agreements with Occidental Petroleum Corp. and OMV AG to upgrade their existing petroleum deals (OGJ, Feb. 7, 2005, p. 35).
-- 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.
-- More operators probe Haynesville gas shale More operators are wading into the Jurassic Haynesville shale gas play in Northwest Louisiana and East Texas since Chesapeake Energy called the potential extraordinary earlier this year.
-- OTC: Natural gas hydrates research active, optimistic Methane hydrates research has made unexpected strides since 2000, but technical and economic obstacles have to be resolved before hydrates production can be proved feasible, a speaker told OTC May 8.
-- Dallas firm ups Marcellus exploration outlay EXCO Resources Inc., Dallas, said it hiked its 2008 Appalachian basin capital budget to $244 million from $69 million as it positions itself to exploit large holdings in the Devonian Marcellus and Huron shale.
-- Texas-Southwest TXCO Resources Inc., San Antonio, took encouragement from the first well drilled horizontally in Cretaceous Pearsall shale.
-- Colombia, Jamaica to seek oil off San Andres Colombia's Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos (ANH) will join with Jamaica's state-owned oil company to search for oil off San Andres island in the Caribbean, according to a senior official.
-- PA Resources buys 35% Azurite Marine field stake PA Resources AB has acquired a 35% interest in exploration license Mer Profond Sud and Azurite Marine field in Congo (Brazzaville) from Murphy West Africa Ltd. (OGJ, Oct. 12, 2007, Newsletter).
-- Spraberry Trend resource estimate up sharply Pioneer Natural Resources estimated that its properties in the Spraberry Trend in West Texas contain 1 billion boe of net resource potential in addition to the 481 million boe of proved reserves booked at yearend 2007.