-- Reindeer gas project off Western Australia postponed The Apache Australia-Santos Ltd. joint venture has postponed its Reindeer gas project development off Western Australia, citing the poor global economic outlook that has impacted the project's main customer.
-- Bulgarian Black Sea gas business expands Melrose Resources PLC said its Kavarna-1 exploration well 7 km east of Galata gas field on the Black Sea shelf off Bulgaria attempted to blow out and was plugged for safety reasons.
-- US Gulf Coast Mining Oil Inc., Houston, a development stage company, set a $23 million budget for its share of costs to drill two properties with Jurasin Oil & Gas Inc., Houston, in South Louisiana and off Mustang Island, Tex.
-- Shell Australia finds gas with Libra-1 wildcat The Shell Australia-operated Libra-1 wildcat, drilled in the Browse basin off Western Australia, found gas in a series of thick sand packages over a 180-m gross vertical section.
-- Giant Grand Bay field's output climbing Saratoga Resources is raising oil and gas production from giant Grand Bay field in Plaquemines Parish, La., and believes that only about one third of the field's reserve potential has been evaluated.
-- CNPC signs framework agreement with Cuba China's CNPC, eyeing competition from a variety of other nations, has signed a framework agreement with Cuba's state-owned Cupet on expanded cooperation in oil and gas development.
-- WWF calls for moratorium on Arctic exploration The WWF, responding to a recent EC policy paper on the Arctic, has called for a moratorium on oil and gas exploration and development in the region until the capability has been developed for handling spillage.
-- Shell eyes BPZ Energy's northern Peru blocks Shell International Exploration & Production has signed a memorandum of understanding with BPZ Energy Inc., Houston, to explore for oil and gas in northern Peru.
-- Australia awards offshore E&P permits Australia has awarded 13 offshore exploration permits in its 2007 release scheme, and the successful companies have pledged a total expenditure of $500 million (Aus.) in exploration investment.
-- Research sought on unconventional gas Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, Sugar Land, Tex., has requested industry proposals for projects on gas shales, coalbed methane water management, and tight sands.