Wed Dec 31 06:12:00 CST 2008
-- EcoPetrol joins StatoilHydro in Gulf partnership StatoilHydro and Ecopetrol America Inc. have agreed to carry out exploration jointly in the Gulf of Mexico and plan to drill three or more wells in the coming years.
Tue Dec 30 17:12:00 CST 2008
-- Heritage Oil spuds Giraffe-1 well in Uganda Heritage Oil Ltd. has spudded the Giraffe-1 exploration well on Uganda's Block 1, and drilling is expected to be completed within the next 3 weeks.
Tue Dec 23 12:12:00 CST 2008
-- Shell cancels 2009 Beaufort Sea drilling program Shell Oil Co. canceled its exploratory drilling program for 2009 in Alaska's Beaufort Sea, a region in which the company invested $44 million as recently as 2005.
Tue Dec 23 10:12:00 CST 2008
-- 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.
Fri Dec 19 12:12:00 CST 2008
-- 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.
Fri Dec 19 11:12:00 CST 2008
-- 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.
Tue Dec 16 16:12:00 CST 2008
-- 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.
Tue Dec 16 14:12:00 CST 2008
-- 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.
Tue Dec 16 09:12:00 CST 2008
-- 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.
Fri Dec 12 14:12:00 CST 2008
-- 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.
Thu Dec 11 10:12:00 CST 2008
-- 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.
Tue Dec 09 14:12:00 CST 2008
-- 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.
Mon Dec 08 16:12:00 CST 2008
-- Busy 2009 seen in western Newfoundland Vulcan Minerals Inc., St. John's, expects a busy year in several exploration plays in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2009.