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China retaliates for Trump tariff with 10% tax on imported US oil
(8/23/2019) China had advised it will impose a 10% tariff on oil imported from the United States in response to US President Trump's latest levy of taxes on Chinese goods...

Premier Oil selling stake in Mexico's offshore Zama Field
(8/23/2019) Premier Oil has advised that it is selling its interest in the Talos Energy-operated Zama Field offshore Mexico in Block 7 of the Bay of Campeche...

CNOOC to drill exploration well in Ireland's Porcupine Basin
(8/23/2019) Ireland's Department of Communications, Climate Action, and Environment has granted permission for a Chinese oil company to drill offshore Ireland...

US rotary rig count down 19 rigs this week at 916
(8/23/2019) Baker Hughes has reported there were 19 fewer active drilling rigs in the United States rotary rig fleet this week, dropping the count to 916...

Jersey Oil & Gas awarded UK North Sea Block 21/2a
(8/23/2019) Jersey Oil & Gas has been awarded 100% interest and operatorship of Block 21/2a in the UK's 31st Supplementary Offshore Licensing Round...

Lekoil acquiring stake in Nigeria's onshore Block OPL276
(8/23/2019) Lekoil has reported acquiring a 45% interest in the onshore Nigeria eastern Niger Delta Basin Block OPL276 from Newcross Petroleum...
Small earthquake suspends Cuadrilla fracking in south England
(8/22/2019) Cuadrilla has reported suspending fracking at its Preston New Road wellsite in Lancashire, England after a 1.55 magnitude earthquake...

Equinor given go-ahead for Gladsheim wildcat off Norway
(8/22/2019) The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has given Equinor a drilling permit for its exploration well on the Gladsheim Prospect in the Norwegian North Sea...

Fram completes workover of Inniss-Trinity Field in Trinidad
(8/22/2019) Columbus Energy Resources subsidiary Fram Exploration Trinidad, operator of Trinidad's Inniss-Trinity Field has worked over the AT-5X well...

3D survey completed over Pensacola Prospect in Southern North Sea
(8/22/2019) Shearwater GeoServices has concluded its broadband 3D seismic survey over the Pensacola Prospect in the UK sector of the Southern North Sea...

Louisiana's Cameron LNG Train 1 starts commercial production
(8/22/2019) McDermott International has reported the beginning of commercial operation of Train 1 of the Cameron LNG Project following its completion...

i3 drilling pilot well on UK North Sea Liberator Field
(8/22/2019) i3 Energy has commenced drilling operations in its LPt-02 pilot well on the Liberator Field in Blocks 13/23d and 13/23c of the UK North Sea...

Premier to farmout stake in Falkland Islands' Sea Lion Phase 1
(822/2019) Premier Oil has launched a farmdown process for its 60% operating interest in the Sea Lion Phase 1 Project off the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic...

Kinder Morgan selling US section of Cochin Pipeline
(8/22/2019) Kinder Morgan is to sell the US part of the Cochin Pipeline to Pembina Pipeline for US$1.546 billion and for Pembina to acquire Kinder Morgan Canada...
Premier Oil farms into Alaska's North Slope Project Icewine
(8/22/2019) Premier Oil has signed a sale and purchase agreement with 88 Energy and Burgundy Xploration to farm-in for 60% interest in Area A of Project Icewine...

Shell awards IEPCI contract to TechnipFMC for US Gulf PowerNap
(8/22/2019) TechnipFMC has been awarded an integrated engineering, procurement, construction, and installation contract by Shell for the PowerNap Project...

BP deck operations contract a first for Sparrows Group in UKCS
(8/21/2019) BP has awarded Sparrows Group its first contract to deliver deck operations services in the UK Continental Shelf for all lifting and handling operations...

ONGC Videsh giving up stakes in 3 onshore Colombia blocks
(8/21/2019) The ONGC Videsh Ltd subsidiary of India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation plans to relinquish three exploration blocks in Colombia's Guajira Basin...

US Gulf Lease Sale 253 garners $159 million in high bids
(8/21/2019) The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has received high bids for parcels in today's Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 253 totalling US$159,386,761...

Egypt's giant Zohr gasfield reaches 2.7 bcf/d in production
(8/21/2019) Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi has reported production from the Zohr Field in Egypt's sector of the Mediterranean has now reached more than 2.7 bcf/d...

Petrofac wins Forties Pipeline O&M services contract
(8/21/2019) Petrofac Engineering & Production Services has been awarded a three-year operations and maintenance support services contract by INEOS FPS...

West Africa's 1st LNG regasification plant set for Equatorial Guinea
(8/21/2019) Equatorial Guinea's Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons has advised that West Africa's first liquefied natural gas regasification plant and storage facility...
Aker Solutions contracted for subsea umbilicals for Adnoc field
(8/21/2019) Abu Dhabi National Oil Company has contracted Aker Solutions for the provision of subsea umbilicals for the Dalma Field in the UAE Persian Gulf...

Equinor & YPF to jointly explore Argentina's CAN 100 Block
(8/21/2019) Equinor has agreed to jointly explore the CAN 100 Block in Argentina's offshore North Argentinian Basin with Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales...

Baker Hughes tech solution for Calcasieu Pass LNG contracted
(8/21/2019) Venture Global LNG has contracted GE's Baker Hughes and granted notice to proceed on the construction of its liquefied natural gas technology solution...

PetroTal converts water injection well to oil producer in Peru
(8/21/2019) PetroTal has completed a new water disposal well in Peru's Bretana Field and proven injection capacity, allowing recompletion as an oil producer...

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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 prices pause rally with small losses

(8/22/2019) Oil prices dipped today at both the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) and London's Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) as the global economic slowdown rears its head again to trigger new worries and speculators have their eye on the US Federal Reserve, whose Chairman Jerome Powell is expected to reveal whether the Bank will cut US interest rates at a meeting tomorrow in Jackson Hole, Wyoming...⇒⇒⇒
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