-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.