-- Venture Production buys Dutch acreage Venture Production PLC said it will operate the F3-FA gas-condensate discovery on Blocks F3 and B18a off Denmark. The blocks, in which Venture recently acquired shares, hold 60 bcf of gas reserves.
-- Bankers sets Albania, Oklahoma outlays Bankers Petroleum is seeking Albanian government approval to expand its heavy oil recovery activities in Albania and to restructure its US subsidiary into a separate entity.
-- Iraq requests Akkas gas field development bids Iraq's Oil Ministry has invited international oil companies to bid for the development of its Akkas natural gas field in Anbar province near that country's border with Syria.
-- Utah's Helper field gets Morrison gas find An Australian operator placed on production a well making 1.5 MMcfd of gas from the Jurassic Morrison sand formation on the north side of Helper coalbed methane field in Carbon County, Utah.
-- Shtokman Phase 1 development contracts awarded Shtokman Development Co. (SDC) has awarded several engineering contracts associated with Phase 1 development of Shtokman natural gas-condensate field in the Barents Sea.
-- Sapex begins first Arkaringa push in 25 years Adelaide-based junior Sapex Ltd. has signed a contract with Terrex Seismic to shoot a seismic survey in the Arkaringa basin in South Australia beginning in late April.
-- Partners' Moroccan Zag basin license extended Island Oil & Gas said San Leon (Morocco), the operator of the exclusive reconnaissance license in the Zag basin onshore Morocco, has been granted a 12-month extension to the license.
-- Kazakh field gets deeper pool gas find Tethys Petroleum Ltd., Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK, gauged an apparent Cretaceous deeper pool gas discovery on the Akkulka Block in Kazakhstan's North Ustyurt basin.