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Libya's NOC plans regional seismic

May 30, 2014

The National Oil Corp. (NOC), the national oil company of Libya, has signed an agreement with ION Geophysical Corp. and North Africa Geophysical Exploration Co. (NAGECO) to acquire 21,000km of 2D seismic data in Libya. Known as LibyaSPAN…

Seabed streamers for North Sea

May 30, 2014

Work will continue this summer and autumn on installing a permanement seismic monitoring system on the Snorre field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. A dedicated system, with a seismic streamer, will also be installed on Grane…

Polarcus grows Norwegian footprint

May 30, 2014

Polarcus has opened its first office in Norway. The new office is in the center of Stavanger, and adds to the firm's global network of regional marketing offices in London, Houston, Singapore, Moscow, and Rio de Janeiro.  The firm says…

Spectrum begins Sergipe survey off Brazil

May 28, 2014

Spectrum has commenced a 10,000 km multi-client 2D seismic survey offshore Brazil in the Sergipe and Alagoas basins along the Eastern Margin of Brazil.   The new acquisition program will tie key wells in the basins, including the recent Barra…

EMGS awarded North Sea survey contract

May 21, 2014

Norway's Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has a contract with North Energy ASA worth US$1.7 million (NOK 10 million) to provide 3D EM data acquisition in the North Sea. The survey was to begin in early May, using the BOA Thalassa…

Nereus ROV lost in Kermadec Trench off NZ

May 13, 2014

On Saturday, 10 May 2014, at 2 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Friday EDT), the hybrid remotely operated vehicle Nereus was confirmed lost at 9990m (6.2mi.) depth in the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand. The unmanned vehicle was working…

Detecting Arctic oil spills

May 12, 2014

Decreasing ice cover is currently spurring increased activity in hydrocarbon extraction and shipping in the Arctic. Motivated by the threat of future oil spills in this environmentally sensitive area, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution…

First multiclient geohazard UHR3D survey in GOM

May 09, 2014

The first multi-client geohazard ultra-high-resolution 3D seismic survey is about to begin in the US Gulf of Mexico. NCS SubSea Inc., Geotrace Technologies Inc., and SpecPartners Ltd. have announced the start date for a multiphase, large-scale innovative project called SAFE-BAND…

Geohazard survey for GOM

May 09, 2014

NCS Subsea, GeoTrace and SpecPartners set the start date for a multiphase, large scale project called SAFE-BAND. Acquisition is to begin 1 June 2014. NCS Subsea said it will be the first multi-client geohazard survey on a regional scale utilizing ultra-high resolution 3D seismic (UHR3D)…

RWE Dea, SOCAR to partner in Caspian

May 06, 2014

RWE Dea and the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) have signed a joint study agreement to evaluate the hydrocarbon prospectivity in an area south of Baku in the Caspian Sea. The agreement was regarding the joint evaluation…

ION inks PEMEX deal

May 05, 2014

ION Geophysical Corporation subsidiary GX Technology (GXT) group has been awarded a multi-year contract with Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the national oil company of Mexico. Under this contract, GXT is providing a broad range of seismic…

Rosneft, ExxonMobil begin grav-mag surveys in eastern Russian Arctic

May 01, 2014

In early April, Rosneft and ExxonMobil began aerial gravity-magnetic surveys over offshore blocks in the Yuzhno-Chukotsky licence area in the eastern Russian Arctic to establish the subsurface structure of the field. As part of a framework agreement…

Seismic advances spur shallow water success

May 01, 2014

The past five years have demonstrated that there is still plenty of life left on the Gulf of Mexico shelf, with bypassed oil-rich assets in plentiful supply. Exploration and production operators are now focused squarely on the shelf during this time period…

Tullow to start Suriname work in 2015

Apr 30, 2014

Tullow Oil has announced it plans a 4000km sq 3D seismic acquisition program next year in block 54 offshore Suriname. In January, the company agreed to a production-sharing contract that gave it a 50% operated stake, in partnership with state-owned Staatsolie…

TGS starts Barents seismic campaigns

Apr 25, 2014

TGS has started new 2D and 3D multi-client projects in the Norwegian Barents Sea. Both surveys will provide high quality data prior to the closing of the 23rd Norwegian Licensing round. The HFCE14 is a 3100sq km 3D multi-client survey…

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