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AngolaEsso Exploration Angola Ltd. said its Batuque discovery on deepwater Block 15 flowed at the rate of 5,200 b/d of oil.The find, drilled to TD 12,400 ft in 2,400 ft of water, flowed at a rate of 5,200 b/d. The find is the ninth on the block for ExxonMobil.Block 15 is thought to contain recoverable reserves in excess of 3 billion boe (OGJ Online, Dec. 1, 2000). First oil had been expected in 2003, but tax issues have clouded timing of the development.PakistanLasmo PLC, London, signed a revised agreement with Pakistan's Petroleum Ministry for development of Bhit gas field in Sindh province, where flow is to start at end-2002.The new pact calls for Lasmo, Kirthar Pakistan BV, and Oil...

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