-- US rig count at 2-year high US drilling activity increased by 26 rotary rigs to 1,713 working this week, marking the first time since 2008 that the US weekly rig count has exceeded 1,700 units.
-- Santos to develop Wortel gas field off Java Santos Ltd. has given the thumbs up with a final investment decision approving the development of the Wortel natural gas project off Madura Island in the Sampang production-sharing contract in east Javanese waters, Indonesia.
-- BP updates operations in Azerbaijan Rashid Javanshir, head of BP PLC’s subsidiary in Azerbaijan, said production will be reduced next year at the massive Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) oil field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.
-- Associations back IOGCC-GWPC frac-fluid registry plan Three trade associations representing natural gas producers endorsed the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission and Groundwater Protection Council’s joint effort to create a state-based public registry of hydraulic fracturing fluid ingredients.
-- DOI ponders ways to regulate fracing on public lands The US Department of the Interior is considering whether existing regulations need to be expanded or new rules need to be developed for hydraulic fracturing and other natural gas exploration and production activities on public lands, DOI officials said at a Nov. 30 forum at DOI’s headquarters.
-- Statoil lets contract for Asgard subsea gas compression Statoil awarded Aker Solutions a 3.4 billion kroner contract, contingent on a final investment decision to be made in first-quarter 2011, to design and construct the Asgard subsea gas compression system for recovering additional gas from Midgard and Mikkel fields, off Norway.