-- Lundin receives four licenses to Norway North Sea Norway awarded Lundin Petroleum AB's wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS four exploration license interests in the 2008 Norwegian Licensing Round Awards in Predefined Areas in the North Sea.
-- Vertical Marcellus gas well tops 5 MMcfd Atlas Energy Resources LLC, Pittsburgh, said a vertical completion in Devonian Marcellus shale made 81 MMcf of gas in 25 days after an initial 24-hr test at the rate of 5 MMcfd.
-- Brazil hails success of 10th round auction Haroldo Lima, president of Brazil's hydrocarbons regulator Agencia Nacional do Petroleo (ANP), said the first day of the country's 10th round auction of 130 oil and gas exploration concessions was highly successful. Scheduled for 2 days of bidding, the entire auction was completed in a matter of hours on the first day.
-- MMS royalty auditing program gets high grade An independent review of its royalty auditing program resulted in no significant findings, earning it the highest possible rating, the US Minerals Management Service said on Dec. 16.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.