-- Albania Stream Oil & Gas Ltd., Vancouver, BC, proposes a development plan under which it would assume operation within 12 months of Albania’s Cakran-Mollaj, Gorisht-Kocul, Ballsh-Hekal oil fields.
-- Syria Stratic Energy Corp., Calgary, has spud the Al Tayr-101 well on the Jebel Nasrani prospect in 1.2 million acre Block XVII in southwestern Syria’s Palmyride basin.
-- Southwestern Campos basin well finds oil An exploratory well in the southwestern Campos basin has cut an oil column of more than 100 m with about 40 m of highly porous and permeable sandy reservoirs, said OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes SA, Rio de Janeiro.
-- Indonesia Indonesia’s first commercially drilled coalbed methane test well went to a TD of 1,950 ft in South Sumatra, cut a combined 90 ft of coal in five seams, and was cased to 878 ft. Ten more wells are planned by the end of 2009.
-- Turkey Turkiye Petrolleri AO has spud the Bati Ayazli-1 exploration well in the South Akcakoca subbasin in the Black Sea off Turkey.
-- Russia JKX Oil & Gas PLC has tested 13.1 MMcfd of gas and 12 b/d of condensate from its first well in Koshekhablskoye field in Russia’s Adygeya Republic northeast of the Black Sea.
-- Maari oil field partners confirm additional reserves The OMV-led joint venture at Maari oil field in the Taranaki basin off New Zealand has confirmed additional produceable oil reserves are contained within a separate reservoir, designated M2A, about 50 m above the main Moki formation.
-- Eni gains operatorship of Ghana licenses Eni Ghana Exploration & Production Ltd. will operate the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) and Offshore Cape Three Points South (OCTPS) exploration licenses in Ghana after acquiring a major interest from Vitol Upstream Ghana Ltd.
-- Guinea Hyperdynamics Corp., Sugar Land, Tex., let a contract to TDI-Brooks International, Houston, for a comprehensive oil seep study of the 31,000 sq mile concession off Guinea, West Africa.
-- Egypt A group led by Melrose Resources PLC, Edinburgh, plans to shoot 2,000 line-km of 2D seismic in early 2010 on the remote 57,000-acre Mesaha exploration in southwestern Egypt near the border with Sudan.