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Malta: Area 4 exploratory well to spud in late 2013

Mar 13, 2013

Genel Energy PLC has completed the acquisition of 75% of Mediterranean Oil & Gas PLC’s shareholding in Phoenicia Energy Co. Ltd., which owns exploration rights to Area 4 offshore southeast of Malta.

Azerbaijan: Gum Deniz 3D seismic survey authorized

Mar 13, 2013

Greenfields Petroleum Corp., Houston, and other partners in Bahar Energy Ltd. have approved a 3D seismic survey for Gum Deniz oil field in Azerbaijan based on 2D seismic results and the start of the development drilling program.

Brazil: ANP extends 10 HRT-TNK Solimoes basin blocks

Mar 12, 2013

Brazil’s ANP has extended for 4 years the second exploration period for 10 of the 21 blocks held by HRT Participacoes em Petroleo SA, Rio de Janeiro, in the southern and eastern Solimoes basin of Brazil.

Ukraine: Kulczyk unit spuds well on Olgovskoye block

Mar 11, 2013

Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc., Calgary, said its 70% owned KUB-Gas LLC subsidiary has spudded the Olgovskoye-15 directional well in Ukraine.

Argentina: Apco to hike 2013 capital spending

Mar 8, 2013

Apco Oil & Gas International Inc., Tulsa, plans capital spending of $66 million in 2013 compared with outlays of $54.4 million last year.

Norway: TGS to start Norway Barents 3D spec surveys

Mar 7, 2013

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Co. is to start two multiclient 3D seismic surveys in the Barents Sea offshore Norway.

Ecuador: Libertador oil field enhancement work under way

Mar 7, 2013

The consortium led by Pardaliservices SA plans to spud Secoya-44, the first of five new production wells, in Libertador oil field in mid-March, said Canacol Energy Ltd., Calgary, which has a 25% working interest.

Colombia: Petrominerales eyes Llanos basin commerciality

Mar 6, 2013

Petrominerales Ltd., Calgary, said it resumed production testing in January 2013 at its Tatama horizontal well in Colombia’s Llanos basin, where the company operates the Rio Ariari, Chiguiro Oeste, and Chiguiro Este blocks.

Indonesia: Pan Orient moves to second exploratory location

Mar 4, 2013

Pan Orient Energy Corp., Calgary, has abandoned the Shinta-1 exploratory well on the Batu Gajah PSC in south-central Sumatra, Indonesia, and is moving the rig to the Buana-1 location.

Newfoundland: Western onshore potash drilling planned

Feb 28, 2013

Red Moon Potash Inc., St. John’s, is conducting predrill planning, permitting, and procurement work towards a 2013 drill program for potash/salt in the Bay St. George basin onshore southwestern Newfoundland.

Iraq: KRG awards Qara Dagh block to Chevron

Feb 22, 2013

The Kurdistan Regional Government has awarded the Qara Dagh block to Chevron Corp.

Yemen: Calvalley sees Block 9 oil reserves decline

Feb 19, 2013

Reserves attributable to Calvalley Petroleum Inc.’s 50% working interest in Block 9 in Yemen’s Masila basin fell to 12.5 million bbl at the end of 2012 from 14.7 million bbl a year earlier, the Calgary company said.

Morocco: Longreach nears Essaouira basin drilling

Feb 18, 2013

Longreach Oil & Gas Ltd., London, said it looks forward to drilling its first well within months on the 4,711 sq km Sidi Moktar license in the Essaouira basin onshore central Morocco.

Iraq: Niko notes relinquishment of Qara Dagh block

Feb 14, 2013

Canadian companies that held interests in the Qara Dagh block in Iraq’s Kurdistan region relinquished the block in late 2012.

New York: Decision delayed on high-volume fracturing

Feb 13, 2013

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration faces a delay in deciding whether to allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing because the state Department of Health said it needed more time to review the practice.

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