-- Texas-South El Paso Corp. said it has almost doubled its lease position to 112,000 net acres in the South Texas Cretaceous Eagle Ford shale gas-condensate play, where it plans to maintain a one-rig program.
-- Texas-West Clayton Williams Energy Inc., Midland, Tex., plans to move one rig to Ward County, Tex., from Andrews County to start a multiwell drilling program in the Permian Bone Spring formation at about 11,000 ft.
-- Utah Clayton Williams Energy Inc., Midland, Tex., plans to drill a third exploratory well in the last quarter of 2009 in the Central Utah thrust belt.
-- Colorado Bill Barrett Corp., Denver, expects net production of 102 MMcfd of gas equivalent at its Gibson Gulch development in Colorado’s southeastern Piceance basin to rise to 107 MMcfe/d by the end of 2009.
-- Origin buys Otway gas project stake from Woodside Origin Energy Ltd., Sydney, has acquired 51.55% interest in the Otway gas project in western Victoria from joint venture partner Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, for $712.5 million (Aus.).