-- New well pegs Tupi area reserves at 5-8 billion boe Petroleo Brazileiro SA (Petrobras) reported that a new well drilled in the Tupi area of the Santos basin off Brazil further confirms reserves estimates of 5-8 billion boe of light oil and natural gas.
-- Buried seismic array due in Sanish field Whiting Oil & Gas Corp., Denver, let a contract to MicroSeismic Inc., Houston, for a buried array microseismic monitoring program in Sanish oil and gas field in the North Dakota portion of the Williston basin.
-- Egypt The first development well in BP PLC-operated NS377 oil field on the Shadwan Development Lease in Egypt’s Gulf of Suez cut 144 m of gross oil column in the Miocene Kareem formation.
-- French Guiana Shell Exploration & Production France SAS acquired a 33% interest from Tullow Oil PLC in an exploration license off French Guiana, and Tullow said it expects to farm out more of its interest by the end of 2009.
-- GeoResources Bakken participation growing GeoResources Inc., Houston, said the pace of activity in the Williston basin Bakken/Three Forks play is increasing in its joint venture with Slawson Exploration Co., private Wichita-based operator.
-- Nicaragua Norwood Resources Ltd., Vancouver, BC, drilled a sidetrack hole at the planned total depth of 7,000 ft at the San Bartolo-1X exploration well in western Nicaragua’s Sandino basin.
-- New Zealand's Maari-Manaia tops 100 million bbl Estimated ultimate recovery of more than 100 million bbl of oil has been confirmed for OMV AG-operated Maari field and adjacent Manaia field in the offshore portion of New Zealand’s Taranaki basin, two of the field’s partners said.
-- New Zealand Kea Petroleum Ltd., private New Zealand operator, has been awarded the PEP 51339 exploration permit just north of Auckland in the lightly explored Northland basin.
-- Reliance reports Cambay oil discovery Reliance Industries Ltd., Mumbai, reported a Miocene oil discovery in the Cambay basin southwest of Ahmedabad, India, that Reliance said “is expected to open future potential within the block.”
-- Saskatchewan Texalta Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, is spudding its fourth horizontal well at Wordsworth, Sask, to evaluate the eastern end of the Mississippian Alida oil reservoir found at a 2006 discovery well.