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Eni & Total discover million b/d oilfield in Republic of Congo
(8/14/2019) Societe Africaine de Recherche Petroliere et de Distribution has revealed that a million-plus b/d oil discovery has been achieved in the Republic of Congo...

US rotary rig count up 1 rig this week at 935
(8/16/2019) Baker Hughes has reported there was one additional rig in this week's count of actively drilling rigs in the United States raising the count at 935...

BESIX Canada & Vancouver Pile to build Kitimat BC LNG export facility
(8/16/2019) JGC-Fluor BC LNG, construction contractor for LNG Canada's Kitimat, LNG export facility, has contracted BESIX Canada and Vancouver Pile Driving...

New offshore exploration on horizon in Suriname
(8/16/2019) Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname is intent on launching a new round of exploration of its offshore province next year and to develop its discoveries...

Seadrill-Gulf Drilling JV to manage 5 jackups off Qatar
(8/16/2019) Seadrill and Gulf Drilling International have entered into a 50:50 joint venture, GulfDrill, to initially manage and operate five premium jackups...

Cactus II pipeline has delivered Permian crude to Buckeye terminal
(8/15/2019) Trafigura Trading has commenced shipments of crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Corpus Christi/Ingleside, Texas area via the new Cactus II Pipeline...

Hunting establishes alliance with India's Jindal SAW
(8/15/2019) Hunting Energy Services has concluded a strategic alliance agreement with Jindal SAW to share their premium connections technology...
Egypt's giant Zohr gasfield output near 4 times former output
(8/15/2019) Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi, operator of Egypt's giant Zohr gasfield in the Egyptian sector of the Mediterranean Sea, has reported a near quadrupling...

Angkor Gold granted Cambodia's onshore Block VIII
(8/15/2019) Angkor Gold has been awarded Cambodia's onshore Block VIII in the southwestern part of the kingdom by the General Department of Petroleum...

Hibernia platform off Newfoundland back on production
(8/15/2019) The ExxonMobil-led Hibernia Management & Development Company has resumed production on the Hibernia oil platform off Newfoundland, Canada...

Airborne providing gaslift jumpers for Addax's Okwori Field
(8/15/2019) Airborne Oil & Gas has secured a contract with Addax Petroleum that will see the firm deliver two gaslift jumpers for the Okwori Field off Nigeria...

Refurbishment of Well-Safe Guardian underway
(8/15/2019) Well-Safe Solutions gas awarded two contracts for the continued transformation of the Well-Safe Guardian semisubmersible abandonment rig...

First oil achieved at UK North Sea Mariner Field
(8/15//2019) Equinor has reported that first oil has flowed from the Mariner Field on the East Shetland Platform in the UK sector of the North Sea...

Shell & Cluff to drill wildcat on just completed North Sea farm-in acreage
(8/14/2019) Royal Dutch Shell and Cluff Natural Resources are to drill an exploration well in the UK North Sea now that they have concluded the farm-in by Shell...

Frontera awarded Colombia's Llanos-99 Block
(8/14/2019) Frontera Energy has been awarded Colombia's Llanos-99 Block under the Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos bid round, the first in five years...
CNPC investing $3 billion in Venezuelan oil blending plant
(8/14/2019) The Venezuelan government has revealed the expansion of Chinese investment in the country's oil industry to increase oil production...

Total contracts Pacific Drilling drillships for work in US Gulf and Mauritania
(8/14/2019) Pacific Drilling has reported Total has contracted its drillship Pacific Khamsin to drill in the US Gulf of Mexico and has extended its contract...

Capricorn Norge hires Island Drilling rig for exploration well off Norway
(8/14/2019) Island Drilling has received a letter of intent from the Capricorn Norge subsidiary of Cairn Energy to drill an exploration well on the Duncan Prospect...

Fraser to drill UK North Sea Curlew-A appraisal well
(8/14/2019) Fraser Well Management is preparing to drill an appraisal of Corallian Energy's Curlew-A discovery in the UK sector of the Central North Sea...

Winchester completing Arledge well in Texas Permian Basin
(8/13/2019) Winchester Energy has commenced completion operations in its Arledge 16-2 well in Nolan County, Texas in the Permian Basin following discovery...

Libya's El Sharara Field gradually ramping up after restart
(8/13/2019) Libya's National Oil Company has advised that the El Sharara oilfield resumed operation last week and is now gradually increasing its output...

BW Energy spuds Hibiscus Updip Prospect offshore Gabon
(8/13/2019) Panoro Energy has reported that BW Offshore's subsidiary BW Energy has initiated its 2019-20 drilling campaign with spudding of the Hibiscus Updip...

Inter Pipeline to link Bow River and Central Alberta pipelines
(8/13/2019) Inter Pipeline Ltd has received support for construction of a C$100 million pipeline connection of its Bow River and Central Alberta pipeline systems...

Concho & Solaris Water team for Delaware Basin produced water project
(8/13/2019) Concho Resources and Solaris Water Midstream have formed a joint venture to optimize produced water logistics in the Northern Delaware Basin...

CNPC to build & operate Niger-Benin Pipeline
(8/13/2019) China National Petroleum Corporation has signed an agreement with the Republic of Benin to construct and operate the Niger-Benin Pipeline...

Wintershall Dea begins production drilling on Norway's Dvalin Field
(8/13/2019) Wintershall Dea has commenced drilling operations on the Dvalin Field in the Norwegian Sea 15 km northwest of the Heidrun Field...

Europa given extension to Ireland's FEL2/13 Phase 1
(8/13/2019) The Irish Government has approved Europa Oil & Gas' application for a 12-month extension to the 1st phase of its Frontier Exploration License 2/13...

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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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(8/14/2019) Traders at the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) and London's Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) shattered yesterday's crude futures price surge today by sending prices in our monitored benchmarks down by 3% on concern that the latest economic downturn in China and Europe may produce renewed losses in demand...⇒⇒⇒
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