Area Drilling

ChinaVerona Development Corp., Vancouver, BC, is drilling two wells to assess coalbed methane potential south of Liulin on the 1,015 sq km Shilou North Block in the eastern Ordos basin in Shanxi Province.The two wells, to be cored through the entire gas-bearing coal sequence, target coal seams of the Late Carboniferous Taiyuan and Early Permian Shanxi formations.Verona also holds the 2,650 sq km Zhengzhou Block, which includes the 600 sq km Yinggong coal field, in Henan Province. The company plans to earn 60% interest in each block.ColombiaThe government awarded Emerald Energy PLC, London, the 365 sq km Maranta exploration and production contract northeast of producing oil fields in the P...

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