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Egdon's Biscathorpe-2 a key oil discovery in Lincolnshire, England
Egdon Resources has confirmed the presence of hydrocarbons discovered with its Biscathorpe-2 exploration well in Lincolnshire, England...

Restructured acquisition of East Java Bulu PSC by Coro Energy
(7/18/2019) Coro Energy has renegotiated the terms of its proposed acquisition of AWE's 42.5% interest in the Bulu production sharing contract offshore East Java...

US Gulf of Mexico region-wide lease sale set for 21 August
(7/18/2019) The US Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will offer 77.8 million acres in the US Gulf of Mexico for a region-wide lease sale...

Seadrill's West Polaris drillship to drill offshore Gabon
(7/18/2019) Seadrill Partners has secured a one well contract with the PC Gabon Upstream subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional for the drillship West Polaris...

Shell's Bulgarian Black Sea well fails to find significant hydrocarbons
(7/18/2019) Woodside Petroleum has reported that Shell has plugged and abandoned its Khan Kubrat-1 exploration well in the Bulgarian sector of the Black Sea...

Seadrill's West Gemini drillship to drill 9 wells off West Africa
(7/18/2019) The Seadrill owned and operated drillship West Gemini has received a nine-well drilling contract to be carried out in West Africa...

Zenith set to deepen producer on Azerbaijan's Jafarli Field
(7/18/2019) Zenith Energy has advised that it will begin well deepening operations in well C-37 in the Jafarli Field onshore Azerbaijan next week...

Equinor & Repsol given consent for Norwegian exploration drilling
(7/18/2019) The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority has given its consent to Equinor and Repsol Norge for the drilling of separate exploration wells in the North Sea...

Wild Well Control enhances its Fugro's Subsea Response Kit
(7/18/2019) Superior Energy Services' Wild Well Control has received a new contract with Fugro for the provision of blowout preventer intervention skids...

Frontera granted 2 blocks in Colombia's Lower Magdalena Valley
(7/17/2019) Frontera Energy has been awarded Colombia's Block VIM-22 under the Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos bid round of last month...
ADX completes Parta Block farm-in in Romania
(7/17/2019) ADX Energy has finalized a farm-in agreement including the satisfaction of conditions on behalf of Danube Petroleum and ADX Energy Panonia...

Inpex plan of development of the Abadi LNG Project approved
(7/17/2019) Inpex subsidiary Inpex Masela has received the official approval of Indonesian government authorities of the revised Abadi plan of development...

Mubadala sells stakes in offshore Aceh, Indonesia blocks
(7/17/2019) Mubadala Petroleum, operator of the Andaman I and South Andaman Blocks in the North Sumatra Basin off Aceh, Indonesia, has farmed out...

United selling UK North Sea blocks to Anasuria Hibiscus
(7/17/2019) United Oil & Gas has signed a non-binding heads of terms to sell Blocks 15/18d and 15/19b in the UK sector of the North Sea, License P2366...

PGNiG acquires Wellesley stake in Norway's Duva Field
(7/17/2019) The PGNiG Upstream Norway unit of Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo has acquired a 20% stake in the North Sea Duva Field...

Equinor adding water injection to extend life of Norway's Gudrun Field
(7/16/2019) Equinor has advised that partners in the Gudrun Field, PL025, Block 15/3, in the Norwegian North Sea, have decided to invest in a water injection plant...

Surge sub Moss Creek drills longest lateral in Permian Basin
(7/16/2019) Surge Energy has reported that its subsidiary, Moss Creek Resources Holdings has completed the longest lateral in the Texas Permian Basin...

President fracking Argentina's Puesto Flores Field
(7/16/2019) President Energy has carried out a trial hydraulic fracturing of well PFO-16 at the Puesto Flores Field, Rio Negro Province, Argentina...

Oil India strikes oil again in India's Arunachal Pradesh Kumchai Field
(7/16/2019) Oil India Limited has reported success once more in striking oil with another well drilled in India's Arunachal Pradesh state's Kumchai Field in Ningru Block...

Seabed Geosolutions granted 4D West Africa OBM survey
(7/16/2019) Seabed Geosolutions has been awarded a 4D ocean bottom node monitor survey at an undisclosed location in West Africa for a major oil company...

Equinor puts Norwegian Sea Tretakk subsea field onstream
(7/16/2019) Equinor has reported production has begun from the Trestakk subsea field in the Haltenbanken region of the Norwegian Sea, PL091, Block 6406/3...

Eland reports completion of remedial work on Nigeria's Gbetiokun-3
(7/16/2019) Eland Oil & Gas has advised that a remedial tubing patch on has been installed in the Gbetiokun-3 well in license OML40 in Nigeria's inland waters...

McDermott wins Total Oman FEED contract in Oman
(7/16/2019) McDermott International has been awarded a contract by Total Oman E&P Development in partnership with Oman Oil for front-end engineering design...

Decommissioning in Shetland expands with more North Sea structures
(7/15/2019) The Dales Voe decommissioning facility in Shetland is one step closer to becoming a center of excellence for recycling North Sea offshore structures...

Iran signs $6.2 billion in contracts to increase oil output by 280,000 b/d
(7/15/2019) Reza Dehghan, deputy CEO of National Iranian Oil Company and development and engineering vice president, has revealed 33 new contracts...

Pacific Santa Ana awards Expro subsea contract off Mauritania
(7/15/2019) Expro has been contracted by Pacific Drilling's Pacific Santa Ana for an intervention riser system for the Chinguetti Field plug and abandonment...

Open season launched for Touchdown Crude Gathering System
(7/15/2019) Longhorn Midstream has launched a binding open season to obtain commitments for the Delaware Basin Touchdown Crude Oil Gathering System...
Callon acquiring Carrizo in $3.2 billion all-stock transition
(7/15/2019) Callon Petroleum and Carrizo Oil & Gas have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Callon will acquire Carrizo...

KCA Deutag scores 3 new drilling contracts in Russia
(7/15/2019) KCA Deutag's land drilling operation has won three new contracts in Russia worth approximately US$168 million for eight high performance land rigs...

Hurricane drilling Lincoln Crestal well in UK North Sea Greater Warwick
(7/14/2019) Hurricane Energy has advised that the Lincoln Crestal exploration well has been spudded in the Greater Warwick Area of the UK sector of the North Sea...

Arcticgas completes Russian Lower Achimov producer at 35.3 million cf/d
(7/14/2019) Novatek has reported its joint venture with Gazprom Neft, Arcticgas, has successfully completed a horizontal well on the Urengoyskoye Field...

Grupo R drilling Xikin-32 offshore Mexico for Pemex
(7/14/2019) Grupo R has reported commencing the drilling of the Xikin-32 development well in the Xikin Field In the shallow waters of Mexico's Bay of Campeche...

Parex makes 2nd discovery at Boranda site in Rio Negro, Colombia
(7/14/2019) Colombia's national oil company Empresa Colombiana de Petroleos has reported its operating partner Parex Resources has achieved a discovery...

KazMunayGas & Tatneft sign pact for greater cooperation
(7/14/2019) Tatneft and the Kazakhstan state company KazMunayGas have signed a memorandum of understanding at a meeting in Kazan, Tatarstan...
Syria's Al-Shaer gasfield pipeline sabotaged
(7/14/2019) The gas pipeline transporting gas from the Shaer gasfield in the Homs region of Syria to the Ebla gas plant has been sabotaged...

Norwest's Western Australia Xanadu transition zone survey completed
(7/12/2019) Norwest Energy has advised that seismic acquisition operations have been completed in its Xanadu 3D Transition Zone seismic acquisition program...

US rotary rig count down 5 this week at 958
(7/12/2019) Baker Hughes has reported there were five fewer rigs in this week's count of actively drilling rigs in the US rotary rig fleet, 96 rigs less than this time last year...

Block set for new drilling & workover West Rustavi wells onshore Georgia
(7/12/2019) Block Energy has secured the drilling and workover equipment for its 2019-20 back-to-back drilling program onshore the Republic of Georgia...

Queensland's 2D Koburra seismic survey shows new leads & prospects
(7/12/2019) Vintage Energy has advised that recently processed and reprocessed seismic data from the completed Galilee Basin Koburra 2D seismic survey...

Aker BP makes Norwegian North Sea discovery with Liatarnet well
(7/12/2019) Aker BP has reported achieving a discovery with its Liatarnet exploration well offshore Norway in the North of Alvheim and Krafla-Askja area...

Fugro provides North Sea's first remote FPSO heading control operation
(7/12/2019) Fugro has successfully provided remote positioning services onboard a Bluewater floating production, storage, and offloading vessel in the North Sea...

OMV Petrom drilling new producers in Romanian Black Sea field
(7/11/2019) The OMV Petrom unit of Osterreichischen Mineralolverwaltung has chartered the GSP Uranus jackup drilling rig to drill two development wells...

ONGC plans exploratory drilling in 12 Gujarat blocks
(7/11/2019) Oil and Natural Gas Corporation intends to invest about US$73 million to carry out the drilling of 46 exploration wells in India's Gujarat state...

Cuadrilla to frack & flowtest southern England Lancashire well
(7/11/2019) Cuadrilla has confirmed it will return to hydraulic fracturing and flowtesting of natural gas at its flagship Lancashire site in Preston New Road, England...

Total E&P Congo deploys world's first cementless completion
(7/11/2019) Welltec has reported the first deployment of a truly cementless completion in the Republic of Congo by utilizing Welltec annular isolation technology...
CNOOC & Sinopec to jointly study Chinese offshore basins
(7/11/2019) CNOOC China Limited has signed a cooperation agreement with Sinopec regarding Bohai, Beibu Gulf, South Yellow Sea, and North Jiangsu Basins...

Aramco delivers $3 billion Marjan Field contract to McDermott JV
(7/11/2019) A joint venture of McDermott International and China Offshore Oil Engineering Company has been awarded a contract for Package 1...

UK launches 32nd Offshore Licensing Round
(7/11/2019) The UK Oil & Gas Authority has launched the 32nd Offshore Licensing Round with 768 blocks or part-blocks on offer across main producing areas...

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Moving over to MEMS for digital seismic data acquisition

by Nicolas Tellier, Chief Geophysicist, Sercel

The move from analog to digital technology has happened gradually rather than suddenly in the seismic industry, with the first digital seismic sensors based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) accelerometers launched almost 20 years ago. Since then, these small and highly accurate devices have undergone continued technological development...⇒⇒⇒
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Crude futures take a tumble on large US inventory draws

(7/16/2019) Traders at both the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) and London's Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) sent crude futures prices plummeting more than 3% by an average of US$1.62/bbl as a result of the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) report that indicated a larger than anticipated draw from domestic stockpiles - 3.1 million bbl from crude inventories...⇒⇒⇒
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