-- Anadarko lets Caesar Tonga field contracts Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has let two lump-sum contracts to Technip SA to design equipment to bring deepwater Caesar Tonga field on stream by 2011 in the Gulf of Mexico.
-- Rig count inches higher After falling the previous week, US drilling increased by 4 rotary rigs to 920 working this week, compared with 1,928 active units in the same period a year ago, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- API: Fewer US wells drilled year-to-year in 2Q US oil and gas drilling fell to levels not seen since 2003-04 for a second consecutive quarter during the 3 months ending June 30, the American Petroleum Institute said.
-- US drilling count drops After climbing for 3 consecutive weeks for the first time since early September, US drilling is down by 12 units to 916 rotary rigs working this week, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.
-- Gov. Ritter asks DeGette to modify hydraulic fracturing bill Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. said in a Denver address that he asked US Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) to seek a comprehensive study of hydraulic fracturing “instead of jumping directly to a new and potential intrusive regulatory program.”
-- KNOC acquires riserless mud recovery technology Korea National Oil Corp. (KNOC) signed a $9 million drilling contract with AGR Drilling Services to use its riserless mud recovery system technology off Sakhalin Island later this year and in 2010.