-- Petrobras confirms two light oil discoveries Petrobras reported the completion of drilling of two wells in the presalt layer off Espirito Santo state. The wells proved discovery of 30° gravity oil in the Parque das Baleias area.
-- Tullow strikes oil in Ghana Tullow Oil's Ebony-1 exploration well in the shallow water Tano license off Ghana has struck oil-bearing sands.
-- Mitsui farms into Ghana's Keta Block Afren Energy (Ghana) Ltd. has farmed out a 20% stake in the Keta Block in the Eastern basin off Ghana to Mitsui E&P Ghana Keta Ltd. Mitsui will share the cost of the Cuda-1X exploration well spudded on Nov. 16.
-- Saudi Aramco cancels Manifa contract Saudi Arabia's state-owned Saudi Aramco said it has cancelled a contract awarded in July to Saipem subsidiary Snamprogetti for development of the Manifa oil field.
-- Syrian oil discovery adds new play type The Yousefieh-1 exploration well near Khurbet East oil field on Block 26 in northeastern Syria discovered an accumulation of 23° gravity oil, said Gulfsands Petroleum and Emerald Energy.
-- New Zealand to review emissions trading act The newly elected National Party-led New Zealand government has signaled it will review the country's Emissions Trading Act that was put into legislation by the previous Labor-led by Helen Clarke.
-- Sterling makes oil discovery in UK North Sea Sterling Resources Ltd. will suspend well 210/29a-4 in the UK northern North Sea to evaluate the size and development options of an oil discovery on the Bowstring East prospect.
-- Murphy-led group granted Block Semai II off Indonesia A consortium comprising Murphy Oil Corp. (operator), Thailand's PTT Exploration & Production PLC (PTTEP), and Inpex Corp. of Japan was awarded offshore Block Semai II as part of the 2007 Indonesia bidding round.