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by Peter Aird
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Total pays record bonus for Brazil's Campos Basin Block C-M-541
Total and its co-venturers Qatar Petroleum and Petroliam Nasional have won Brazil's prize deep offshore with a US$2.17 billion signature bonus...

Greenpeace protests Shell leaving 79,000 bbl oil in abandoned Brent structures
(10/14/2019) Activists from the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark have begun a protest against Royal Dutch Shell plans to abandon Brent Field structures...

ConocoPhillips selling Western Australia assets to Santos
(10/14/2019) ConocoPhillips has entered into an agreement to sell its subsidiaries holding its Western Australia assets and operations for US$1.39 billion...

Neptune to acquire Edison E&P UK & Norwegian assets
(10/14/2019) Neptune Energy has entered into an agreement with Energean Oil & Gas to acquire Edison E&P's UK and Norwegian exploration and production assets...

Subsea 7 pegged for UK North Sea Pierce Field project
(10/11/2019) Shell UK has chosen Subsea 7 to undertake its depressurization project on the Pierce Field in the UK sector of the North Sea...

Shell awarded Oman Block 55 exploration & production
(10/11/2019) Oman's Ministry of Oil and Gas has signed a new agreement with the Shell Oman unit of Royal Dutch Shell for exploration and production...

US rotary rig count up 1 rig this week at 856
(10/11/2019) Baker Hughes has reported there was one more active drilling rig in the United States rotary rig fleet this week, raising the count to 856...

Central Petroleum to farmout stake in Australia's Amadeus Basin
(10/11/2019) Central Petroleum has established an exploration drilling program for next year in Australia's Northern Territory Amadeus Basin within its tenements...

Arcticgas starts gas production at Russia's Yamal-Nenets field
(10/11/2019) Novatek's joint venture with Gazprom Neft, Arcticgas, has commenced commercial production at the East-Urengoyskoye & North-Esetinskoye Field...

$384 million paid for 12 blocks in Brazil's Campos and Santos Basins
(10/11/2019) Yesterday's 16th Bidding Round held by Brazil's Agencia Nacional do Petroleo brought high bids of US$384 million and $2.17 billion in signature bonuses...

Sparrows scores 2-year crane contract with Qatar Petroleum
(10/10/2019) Sparrows Group has been awarded its first contract with Qatar Petroleum to provide crane maintenance services on the PS-1 platform...

Enterprise to lay pipeline to extend its Midland to ECHO system
(10/10/2019) Enterprise Products Partners has long-term agreements that support a further expansion of the Midland to ECHO crude oil pipeline system...

Solo Oil acquiring non-operated Netherlands North Sea blocks
(10/10/2019) The Scirocco Netherlands Energy subsidiary of Solo Oil has entered into a binding sale and purchase agreement with One-Dyas...

Columbus calls for costs recovery for lost Spanish La Lora Concession
(10/10/2019) Columbus Energy has formally lodged a claim with the Spanish Government to recover costs due to the decision not to re-tender...

Wintershall Dea farms out stake in Potiguar blocks off Brazil
(10/10/2019) Wintershall Dea has farmed out participating interest in its three Potiguar offshore Brazil exploration Blocks to Murphy Oil subsidiary Murphy Brasil...

Fugro wraps up deepwater US Gulf survey for Shell
(10/10/2019) Fugro has concluded a series of deepwater geophysical surveys in the US Gulf of Mexico for the Shell International Exploration & Production...

Equinor awarded acreage in Western Australia's Carnarvon Basin
(10/10/2019) Equinor has reported award of exploration acreage offshore Western Australia in the Northern Carnarvon Basin with 100% interest...

UKOG successfully carries out sim-ops at UK's Horse Hill Field
(10/9/2019) PetroChina has reported the addition of another 741 billion cubic meters of shale gas to its shale gas reserves in Sichuan Province, China...

Zenith achieves stable flowrate from Azerbaijan C-37 well
(10/9/2019) Zenith Energy has advised that continued flowtesting of the C-37 well in the Jafarli Field onshore Azerbaijan has confirmed an approximate flowrate...

Origin drilling Kyalla shale gas appraisal in Australia's Beetaloo Sub-basin
(10/9/2019) Falcon Oil & Gas has advised that operator Origin Energy B2 has is drilling a Kyalla appraisal well in the Beetaloo Sub-basin in Northern Territory...

Weatherford scores Iraq rig & well services contracts
(10/9/2019) Weatherford International has been awarded two fully integrated rig contracts and one well services contract with an Iraq operator...

Hartlepool to manufacture 16 km of for offshore Saudi field
(10/9/2019) Liberty Steel Hartlepool has secured a milestone contract to manufacture more than 16 km of heavy-duty steel pipe for development of the Marjan Field...

Springfield spuds Afina-1x exploration well offshore Ghana
(10/9/2019) Springfield Exploration & Production has spudded the Afina-1x oil exploration well in the West Cape Three Points Block 2 offshore Ghana...

Shelf's Trident II contracted by ONGC for 3 years
(10/9/2019) Shelf Drilling has received an award of a three-year contract for the Trident II jackup drilling rig with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation in Mumbai High...
PetroChina expands Sichuan shale gas reserves 741 bcm
(10/9/2019) PetroChina has reported the addition of another 741 billion cubic meters of shale gas to its shale gas reserves in Sichuan Province, China...

JGC, Fluor & TechnipFMC wins Mozambique Rovuma EPC
(10/9/2019) JGC Holdings' lead consortium with Fluor and TechnipFMC, has been awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction project...

Unique Group adds 5 DriX iXblue USVs to fleet
(10/9/2019) Unique Group has agreed to acquire five unmanned surface vessel DriX units from iXblue to introduce the latest technology to its offshore survey fleet...

Simmons Edeco concludes onshore Mexico drilling campaign
(10/9/2019) Simmons Edeco has reported completing an onshore drilling campaign in Mexico consisting of 13 deviated "S" type wells to depths of 1,200 meters...

DNO Norge given permit to drill Norwegian Sea Canela Prospect
(10/9/2019) The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted DNO Norge a drilling permit for an exploration well on the Canela Prospect in the Norwegian Sea...

Santos' Dorado-3 off Western Australia has strong Caley oilflow
(10/8/2019) Santos has reported the initial flowtest of the Caley reservoir from the Dorado-3 appraisal well has confirmed the main oil pool in the Dorado Field...

Goldpetrol drilling appraisal in Myanmar's Chauk Field
(10/8/2019) Interra Resources' joint operating company with Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise has commenced drilling appraisal well L145 in the Chauk Field...

Anasuria acquires UK North Sea license & Crown discovery
(10/8/2019) Anasuria Hibiscus UK has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire License P2366 and its Blocks from United Oil & Gas and Swift Exploration...

Senex achieves 1st gas production at Queensland's Project Atlas
(10/8/2019) Senex Energy has reported its Surat Basin coal seam gas development Project Atlas in Queensland, Australia has achieved first gas production...

Maersk Supply contracted to support Pemex in Campeche Bay
(10/8/2019) Maersk Supply Service has secured a 1.5 year contract with Blue Marine Group to support Petroleos Mexicanos with its Maersk Installer...

Jersey contracts Rockflow & Petrofac for Greater Buchan project
(10/8/2019) Jersey Oil & Gas has awarded contracts to Rockflow Resources and Petrofac Facilities Management for UK's Greater Buchan Area development...

Norway's giant Johan Sverdrup goes on production
(10/7/2019) Equinor and the Johan Sverdrup partnership have commenced production from the giant field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea two months early...

Transborders in joint study with Mitsui OSK Lines for FLNG development
(10/7/2019) Transborders Energy has entered into a joint study agreement with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines to continue development of its floating LNG solution...

September international rig count down 7 from August
(10/7/2019) GE's Baker Hughes has released its international rig count for September, which was 1,131, down seven from the 1,138 counted in August...

QP takes over Qatar's Idd El Shargi North & South Dome Fields
(10/7/2019) Qatar Petroleum has assumed management and operation of Qatar's Idd El-Shargi North and South Dome and Fields in the Qatari Persian Gulf...

Interra spuds 1st exploration well in Kalimantan, Indonesia
(10/7/2019) Interra Resources has started drilling its first onshore exploration well in Kuala Pambuang, southern Central Kalimantan, Indonesia...

US Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 254 set for March 2020
(10/7/2019) The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has proposed to offer approximately 78 million acres in its Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 254...

ANP qualifies 13 companies for Brazil's 6th licensing round
(10/4/2019) Brazil's Agencia Nacional do Petroleo has qualified 13 companies to participate in its 6th Special Bidding Round under the production haring policy...

BW Energy makes significant oil discovery offshore Gabon
(10/4/2019) Panoro Energy has reported that operator BW Energy has achieved a substantial oil discovery in the Dussafu Marin Block offshore Gabon...

Columbus granted PSC by Staatsolie for Suriname onshore block
(10/4/2019) Columbus Energy has concluded a production sharing contract with the national oil company of Suriname for the Weg Naar Zee Block...

US rotary rig count down 5 rigs this week at 855
(10/4/2019) Baker Hughes has reported there were five fewer active drilling rigs in the US rotary rig fleet this week at 855, which is 197 rigs less than this time last year...

Tambak-2 exploration well spudded in the Duyung Block off Indonesia
(10/4/2019) Coro Energy has reported that West Natuna Exploration Limited has begun drilling the Tambak-2 exploration well off Indonesia in the West Natuna Basin...

Abraxas sells stakes in two non-core Texas assets
(10/3/2019) Abraxas Petroleum has agreed to sell two of its no-core assets in South and West Texas for a total of approximately US$7.9 million...
Oceaneering contracted to support Sable decommissioning off Nova Scotia
(10/3/2019) Oceaneering International has been awarded a contract to support the decommissioning of the Sable Offshore Energy Project offshore Nova Scotia...

Xodus to provide concept for Gora development in Poland
(10/3/2019) Pura Vida Energy has retained Xodus Group to draw up a Conceptual Field Development Plan for the Gora license onshore Poland...

Shell contracts Borgland Dolphin for well on Knarr Field
(10/3/2019) Dolphin Drilling has secured further work for its Borgland Dolphin semisubmersible drilling rig with a Norske Shell contract to drill a producer...

Chevron aims to cut upstream oil & gas greenhouse gas emissions 5-10%
(10/3/2019) Chevron Corporation has established new goals to reduce net greenhouse gas emission intensity from upstream oil and natural gas by 5-10%...

Saipem contracted for wireless subsea drone on Njord Field
(10/3/2019) Equinor has awarded Saipem a subsea service contract using a wireless underwater intervention drone and an ROV on behalf of the Njord license...

Buru spuds Miani-1 exploration well in Western Australia
(10/3/2019) Buru Energy has spudded the Miani-1 exploration well in Western Australia's Canning Basin east of Derby and northwest of the Blina oilfield...

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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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Oil prices jump average $1.28/bbl on Iran taker attack

(10/11/2019) Crude oil prices bounced more than 2% higher today on news of a missile attack on the Iranian oil tanker Sabiti in the Red Sea off the Saudi Arabian coast sending up the risk premium at the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) and London's Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) by about $1/bbl and further heightening tensions in the region...⇒⇒⇒
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