-- Ithaca Energy to develop Jacky field Ithaca Energy expects to produce 7,500 b/d of oil from one well on Jacky field in the UK North Sea under its development plan, which the UK government has just approved.
-- Beach to share in Egyptian development Adelaide-based Beach Petroleum NL received ministerial approval to acquire from Tri-Ocean Energy a 20% interest in the North Shadwan oil concession in the Gulf of Suez.
-- Venture tests 9,000 boe/d from Chestnut well Venture Production's test of an appraisal well on Chestnut field in the UK North Sea resulted in a maximum flow of 9,000 boe/d, building upon the previously mapped field area.
-- SandRidge developing West Texas Overthrust SandRidge Energy expects to be operating 20 rigs in the West Texas Overthrust by the end of 2008, down from 27 rigs in early November and a third quarter average of 34.
-- Gulf of Suez block gets second discovery IPR Energy Red Sea and India's ONGC Videsh are rigging up to drill a third well on the 290 sq km North Ramadan concession in the Gulf of Suez off Egypt.
-- Indonesia awards nine oil and gas blocks ExxonMobil Corp. and Inpex Corp. are among several international oil companies that have been awarded oil and gas exploration rights in Indonesia.
-- Petrobras to explore just off northwest Cuba Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras), building on agreements signed earlier this year, plans to explore Block 37 in the Florida Straits just off Cuba's north coast.