-- Oregon U.S. Geothermal Inc., Boise, Idaho, launched two development drilling programs at its Neal Hot Springs geothermal project in northern Malheur County, Ore.
-- Tower Resources reevaluates Iti-1 well data in Uganda Tower Resources PLC, London, is encouraged by the geophysical and well data of its Iti-1 wildcat on Uganda’s Block 5, which on reevaluation revealed significant potential to contain oil just above basement between 540-575 m.
-- Colombia New Horizon Energy Inc. has spud Noelia-1, first of two 2009 exploration wells on the La Maye block in Colombia’s Lower Magdalena basin.
-- Italy Consulting engineers gave as best estimate a contingent resource of 104.23 million bbl of oil and 31.49 bcf of gas on the 13.64 sq km Elsa structure in the 127 sq km B.R268.RG permit in the central Adriatic Sea off Italy, said Cygam Energy Inc., Calgary.
-- Peru BPZ Resources Inc., Houston, activated a second rig in Block Z-1 off northwestern Peru to drill the A-14XD well to appraise Tenneco Oil Co.’s 1972 8X-2 oil and gas-condensate discovery.
-- Algeria Petroceltic International PLC reported its third gas-condensate discovery on the Isarene permit in eastern Algeria’s Illizi basin.
-- Talisman consolidates in Papua New Guniea Talisman Energy Inc. has consolidated its foothold in Papua New Guinea by farming into Sydney-based New Guinea Energy Ltd.’s (NGE) onshore western province permits PPL 268 and PPL 269.