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Deepwater Drilling
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Talos swaps 75% stake in US Gulf Puma West for BP drilling & evaluation
(9/19/2019) Talos Energy has agreed to BP drilling and evaluating the Puma West Prospect in its Green Canyon Block 821 in exchange for 75% interest...

SeaBird to shoot 2D seismic survey offshore Africa
(9/19/2019) SeaBird Exploration has signed a contract to acquire a 2D seismic survey for an unnamed international oil and gas company offshore Africa...
Oceaneering to supply ONGC Bay of Bengal subsea umbilical control system
(9/19/2019) Oceaneering International has been contracted by GE's Baker Hughes to supply subsea umbilical control systems for the KG-DWN 98/2 deepwater field...

Chevron hiking output at US Gulf St Malo Field
(9/19/2019) Chevron Corporation has sanctioned a waterflood project on the St. Malo Field in the Gulf of Mexico's Walker Ridge Block 678 in waters 2,100 ft deep...

TGS shooting Senegal Ultra-Deep 3D survey off Senegal
(9/19/2019) TGS Nopec Geophysical has begun a new seismic survey offshore Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Guinea-Conakry...

Petrofac to provide maintenance services for Al Dhafra Petroleum
(9/19/2019) The Engineering & Production Services Division of Petrofac has been awarded a contract to provide managed maintenance services...

Europa wins Morocco's offshore Agadir Basin Inezgane Block
(9/19/2019) Morocco's Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines has awarded Europa Oil & Gas the Inezgane Permit in the offshore Agadir Basin...

SDX taps onshore pay in Egypt's West Gharib Block
(9/18/2019) SDX Energy has advised that its operated MSD-19 development well in the West Gharib Concession in Egypt has encountered a commercial oil accumulation...

Sercel launches WiNG next-generation land nodal system
(9/18/2019) CGG's Sercel unit has launched WiNG, a fully integrated wireless nodal land acquisition system for optimum efficiency and highest level of data quality...

Emperor selling Australia's R3 and Cyrano Field to BR Cyrano
(9/18/2019) Emperor Energy has agreed to sell its offshore Retention Lease Cyrano R3 offshore Western Australia in the Carnarvon Basin, subject to approval...

ExxonMobil selling stake in Australia's Gippsland Basin project
(9/18/2019) ExxonMobil's Esso Australia has revealed it is preparing to sell its 50% interest in all of its assets in the Gippsland Basin, off Victoria, Australia...

CGG completes multiyear Kuwait geoscience study
(9/18/2019) CGG's Geoscience Division has completed, five months early, the multi-year integrated geoscience study awarded by Kuwait Gulf Oil Company...

NextDecade & Enbridge to develop Rio Bravo Pipeline in South Texas
(9/18/2019) NextDecade Corporation and Enbridge have agreed to jointly pursue the development of the Rio Bravo Pipeline and other natural gas pipelines...

Crude prices soar almost $9/bbl on Saudi oil attack
(9/17/2019) The drone attack on Saudi Arabia's largest oil processing facilities at Abqaiq and the giant Khurais oilfield has knocked out approximately 5.7 million b/d...

Quantico & TGS link for artificial intelligence-based seismic inversion
(9/17/2019) Quantico Energy Solutions has entered a technology collaboration with TGS-Nopec Geophysical to leverage their respective offerings in seismic data...
Eni puts Egypt's offshore Baltim Southwest gasfield onstream
(9/17/2019) Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi has successfully commissioned and started up production of the Baltim Southwest gasfield in the Egyptian Mediterranean Sea...

McDermott JV to provide modules for Arctic LNG 2 Project
(9/17/2019) McDermott International's joint venture Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan Offshore Engineering has been contracted to provide three complex modules...
Equinor brings North Sea Utgard Field into production
(9/17/2019) Equinor's operated Utgard gas and condensate field on the UK-Norwegian maritime boundary of the North Sea, has commenced production...

Ørn a Norwegian Sea gas discovery by Equinor & partners
(9/17/2019) Equinor has reported that it and partners AkerBP and Wellesley Petroleum have discovered gas with their exploration well in Block 6507/2, PL942...

WesternGeco kicks off WAZ MC 3D survey offshore Mexico
(9/17/2019) WesternGeco has begun a new 5,080 sq km wide-azimuth multiclient survey in the Salina del Istmo Basin in the Mexico's Campeche Bay...

CNPC & Niger sign oil export pipeline agreement
(9/16/2019) Savannah Petroleum has reported a Transportation Convention was signed on 15 September for the crude oil export pipeline from Agadem to the Atlantic...

SeaBird wins Asia-Pacific seismic source contract
(9/16/2019) SeaBird Exploration has received a letter of award to provide a source vessel for an upcoming ocean bottom node seismic acquisition project...

Ashtead completes Askeladd & Castberg subsea project
(9/16/2019) Ashtead Technology has completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Ocean Installer in Equinor's Askeladd and Castberg Fields...

Tullow chalks up a new Guyana discovery with Joe-1
(9/16/2019) Tullow Oil has achieved a new oil discovery with its Joe-1 exploration well, opening a new Upper Tertiary oil play in the Guyana Basin offshore Guyana...

Oilex acquiring UK East Irish Sea KLW gasfields
(9/16/2019) Oilex has concluded an agreement with Koru Energy for acquisition of up to 50% interest in the Knox, Lowry, and Whitbeck gas discoveries...

Shearwater to shoot 3D Isometrix survey off Colombia
(9/16/2019) Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a 3D Isometrix seismic survey by the Colombian national oil company Empresa Colombiana de Petroleos...

Energy Transfer acquiring SemGroup for $5 billion
(9/16/2019) Energy Transfer has entered into a merger agreement whereby it will acquire SemGroup in a unit and cash transaction valued at US$5 billion...

Cooper in early termination of Australia's Annie-1 well
(9/16/2019) Cooper Energy has advised that it is terminating its offshore Otway Bay gas exploration program in Victoria, Australia's Block VIC/P44 at the Annie-1 well...

Sercel & BGP new seismic ocean bottom node launched
(9/16/2019) CGG's Sercel unit has launched its new seismic ocean bottom node broadband digital sensor technology to collect superior seismic data...

Alaska's Beaufort Sea coastal plan to see oil & gas lease sales
(9/15/2019) The US Interior Department is planning to offer oil and gas exploration, development, and production leases for bid in Alaska National Wildlife Refuge...

Woodside investing in Blue Ocean Seismic Services
(9/15/2019) Woodside has agreed to invest in Blue Ocean Seismic Services, which is developing an innovative ocean bottom seismic data acquisition process...

API issues new offshore production integrity management standards
(9/15/2019) API has published three new integrity management standards to ensure the continued reliable and efficient operation of floating production platforms...
STATS to provide pipeline services for Sakhalin-2
(9/15/2019) STATS Group has signed a trilateral memorandum of understanding with Sakhalin Energy and Intra Services that will provide pipeline services...

Somaliland Odewayne PSA extended to 2024
(9/15/2019) Sterling Energy has reported the Government of the Republic of Somaliland has granted an extension to the current Odewayne production sharing agreement...

Vaalco drilling 1st well in 2019-20 Gabon drilling campaign
(9/15/2019) Vaalco Energy has spudded the Etame-9P appraisal well offshore Gabon as the first well in its 2019-20 drilling campaign and a Dentale reservoirs test...

Saudi Arabia oil facilities ablaze after drone strikes
(9/14/2019) Drones dispatched by the Houthi rebels in Yemen have targeted two major Saudi Aramco oil facilities in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia...

IHS Markit & Schlumberger collaborating on digital subsurface platform
(9/13/2019) Schlumberger has established a strategic collaboration between its seismic and geophysical data solutions division, WesternGeco, and IHS Markit...

Senex sells Roma North pipeline to Jemena for $50 million
(9/13/2019) Senex Energy has sold its Roma North pipeline and gas processing facility in Queensland's Surat Basin to Jemena for US$50 million...

US rotary rig count down 12 rigs this week at 886
(9/13/2019) Baker Hughes has reported there were 12 fewer active drilling rigs in the United States rig fleet lowering the count to 169 less than this time last year...

James Fisher Offshore removes platform jacket off Saudi Arabia
(9/13/2019) James Fisher Offshore has increased its decommissioning activities in the Mideast with a new offshore platform jacket removal in Saudi Arabia...

Uganda's 2nd Licensing Round offering 5 Albertine Graben blocks
(9/13/2019) The Government of Republic of Uganda through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has announced Uganda's Second Licensing Round...

Crondall to consider steam flooding for UK North Sea Pilot Field
(9/13/2019) Crondall Energy has been awarded a contract by Pharis Energy to deliver the concept select study for the operator's heavy oil Pilot Field development...

Equinor given consent to drill Barents Sea Mist exploration well
(9/13/2019) The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority has given Equinor consent for exploration drilling in Block 7219/9 in the Barents Sea, in PL532...

Initial phase completed of Northern Delaware Basin gathering system
(9/13/2019) LM Energy has completed Phase I of its Touchdown Crude Oil Gathering System in the Northern Delaware Basin in Eddy County, New Mexico...
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Another Perspective

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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Oil/Gas Prices & Analysis
Oil prices fall further on blaming of Iran for Saudi attack

(9/18/2019) Traders at the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) and London's Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) continued taking crude futures' prices lower on Saudi Arabia and the US Trump administration saying there is "undeniable" evidence that Iran launched the drone and missile attacks that struck Saudi Aramco's huge Abqaiq oil processing facilities and the giant Khurais oilfield in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province...⇒⇒⇒
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