-- Kazakhstan, consortium agrees to new Kashagan terms The government of Kazakhstan has reached a long-awaited agreement with Agip Kazakhstan North Caspian Operating Co.the Eni-led consortium developing Kashagan oilfieldover control of the project.
-- MMS to assess mitigation measures off California The US Minerals Management Service has contracted with Applied Marine Sciences Inc. to help evaluate environmental mitigation measures and conditions required for oil and gas projects off Southern California's coast.
-- Atlas to pursue New Albany shale in Indiana Atlas Energy Resources LLC, Pittsburgh, plans to drill more than 100 horizontal wells to Devonian New Albany shale in southwestern Indiana by the end of 2009.
-- Encore making run at Tuscaloosa marine shale Encore Acquisition is exploring for oil in the highly overpressured Cretaceous Tuscaloosa marine shale and has accumulated 210,000 net acres along the Louisiana-Mississippi line east of the Mississippi River.
-- Petrobras signs energy agreements with Galp, EDP Brazil's Petrobras has signed several agreements with EDP Energias do Brasil and Portugal's Galp Energia for cooperation in biofuels, gas, electric power generation, and E&P projects.
-- Bahrain launches bidding round for gas exploration Bahrain has launched a bidding round for exploration of its onshore natural gas fields, said oil minister Abdul-Hussain Ali Mirza, who also is chairman of the country's national oil and gas authority.
-- East China Sea gas-condensate project eyed Primeline Energy signed an agreement in principle for sale of gas from the Lishui 36-1 (Vicky) gas-condensate discovery in the East China Sea and plans to prepare a stand-alone development plan.
-- Unconventional gas spurs EnCana's output EnCana Corp. said its companywide natural gas production was up 8% to 3.9 bcfd in the quarter ended Sept. 30 on a gain of 16% in its North American unconventional gas plays.
-- Venezuela to offer up three Orinoco blocks Venezuela plans to announce a licensing round for several oil blocks in the country's Orinoco region this coming week, according to oil minister Rafael Ramirez.
-- Ultradeep shelf well logs four apparent pays The ultradeep Gulf of Mexico shelf well known as Blackbeard has logged four "potential hydrocarbon-bearing zones below 30,067 ft," said operator McMoRan Exploration Co.
-- OMV tests gas, condensate from Sourour well OMV AG has tested a cumulative 9,700 boe/d of gas and condensate from several layers in the Sourour-1 exploration well on southern Tunisia's Jenein Sud exploration permit.
-- Israeli group to drill for gas in Mediterranean A consortium of Israeli companies, along with US-based Noble Energy Inc., will soon begin drilling for natural gas on the Tamar-1 concession in the Mediterranean Sea off Haifa.