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Not just Norwegian game

TURNING to the wider subsea intervention scene, other companies continue to make progress, notably Island Offshore, whose latest interventional vessel, the 116m Island Wellserver, is scheduled for deployment with StatoilHydro, starting during the current quarter.

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Timor treat for ENI

ITALIAN energy giant Eni has reported a new oil discovery in the Timor Sea in the jointly administered area held by Timor Leste and Australia. Eni said the exploration well, Kitan-1, was drilled in block JPDA06-105, some 500km off the Australian coast, to a total depth of 3,568m (11,707ft) and encountered a "significant" column of hydrocarbons.

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Brazil acreage

PERENCO has been granted five new exploration blocks offshore Brazil in the deepwater sector of the Espirito Santo Basin. The company will operate blocks ES-M-416, ES-M-418, ES-M-472, ES-M-529 and ES-M-531 with 50% interest in partnership with Brazilian companyOGX Petroleo e Gas.

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Success reported at Kita Marine

ADDAX Petroleum reports the successful appraisal of, and addition to, its Kita Marine discovery offshore Nigeria on block OML123. The KTM-6 well, drilled with Transocean's GSF High Island IX jack-up drilling rig, encountered an aggregate gross oil column of 52m (173ft) over four zones.

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Canadian first

STATOILHYDRO is to drill its first offshore prospect as operator in Canada during Q4 this year. The target is the Mizzen prospect (Flemish Pass Basin) off the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Transocean rig, Henry Goodrich, has been secured for the operation.

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Epi-V fund gets stuck into Norwegian Tarblaster outfit

UK PRIVATE equity fund Epi-V has taken an 18% stake in Tarblaster, a Norwegian company that specialises in technology designed to increase the efficiency of the oil recovery process for oil sands. The business was launched in 2006 by Olav Ellingsen, an entrepreneurial developer of innovative oil-recovery technologies. Epi-V's investment will enable Tarblaster to scale up its new technology and begin successfully commercialising it for the global oil sands market.

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May mooted for JDZ licensing

IT SEEMS that the long-awaited award of the last two blocks (5 and 6) in the licensing round for concessions in the Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Zone (JDZ) will now be made in May, according to Patrice Trovoada, prime minister of Sao Tome. The round had been suspended 18 months ago.

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Relocation heralds expansion

AGR will soon be on the move to a new Aberdeen home. The company has outgrown the current premises at Queens Terrace, where it started life as Peak Well Services some years prior to being acquired mid-2006 by Norwegian group AGR.