Seismic News


Barents seismic cooperation

Dec 31, 2013

Seismic acquisition firms Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) and TGS have announced new contracts and an expanded co-operation agreement in the Barents Sea. The two firms said they will increase the number of blocks covered in the Barents Sea cooperation agreement from 11 to 17…

Fugro tapped to survey mammoth Gorgon Project

Dec 23, 2013

Fugro will provide survey services in support of Subsea 7 Australia Contracting Pty Ltd’s heavy lift and tie-ins contract on Chevron’s Gorgon Project, located about 60km offshore Western Australia. The contract involves the provision…

Lapa find declared commercial

Dec 20, 2013

Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) submitted a Declaration of Commerciality (DoC) for oil and gas accumulations in the Carioca area, located in the Santos basin pre-salt. The new field will now be known as “Lapa.” The DoC was submitted to the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum…

CGG and Spectrum in joint Brazil shoot

Dec 17, 2013

CGG and Spectrum are jointly launching a large, high-end BroadSeisTM 3D multi-client survey program offshore Brazil that will focus on a large proportion of open acreage in the very promising Foz do Amazonas Basin. The two companies are working as equal partners on this project…

Norway collaborates on Barents seismic

Dec 10, 2013

A group comprised of 17 oil and gas companies, led by Statoil, has established a project for joint seismic acquisition in the southeastern Barents Sea.  At the request of the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE), the industry…

Applying real-time magnetic declination in arctic marine seismic acquisition

Dec 05, 2013

Marine seismic surveying in the Arctic presents many challenges. Conducting streamer surveys in the presence of high ice concentrations eliminates the ability to safely tow a conventional GPS tail buoy. When conducting 2D surveys under these conditions…

Untested opportunities

Dec 04, 2013

E&P majors BP and Statoil presented their views on future exploration prospects in the Arctic. Meg Chesshyre reports. Representatives from BP and Statoil discussed both the challenges associated with and future plans for developing Arctic…

Understanding the ice environment is critical to Arctic success

Dec 03, 2013

Declining reserves from mature fields worldwide, the ongoing demand for oil, and retreating sea ice have brought a flurry of exploration activity to the Arctic. The US Geological Survey estimates undiscovered Arctic petroleum resources of 90 billion bbls of oil and 1…

New SRSV for Rederij Groen

Nov 11, 2013

Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam, part of Damen Shipyards Group, has agreed a contract to build an additional seismic research support vessel for Rederij Groen. The latest contract follows last month’s order for two new seismic research support vessels (SRSVs)…

Isometric sampling: The next milestone in integrated 3D marine seismic

Nov 07, 2013

After a decade of R&D spanning the globe, a new class of marine seismic technology has now been commercially deployed. Nina Rach spoke with Chris Cunnell of Schlumberger. In an ideal world, a seismic survey would have a grid of sensors across the full area of interest…

Global Briefs: November 2013

Nov 07, 2013

Transboundary may head to committee The US Senate bill ratifying the US-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement, S. 812, is reportedly on its way to a conference committee. The Senate’s version of the bill, passed last month (October)…

TGS starts Madagascar survey

Nov 07, 2013

TGS, in partnership with BGP, has started acquisition of 2D seismic, gravity and magnetic multi-client surveys offshore Madagascar using the M/V Challenger.   The surveys, MAJ-13 and MS-14, will add 7025 km of new 2D seismic data to extend and infill the existing 33…

CGG back in Gulf of Mexico

Nov 07, 2013

CGG has been selected to carry out a large high-end seismic acquisition survey in the Gulf of Mexico on behalf of Pemex.  The survey, in Mexican waters, is phase 5 in Pemex’s Centauro program, the largest ever proprietary 3D wide-azimuth program to be conducted worldwide…

Voices: How can technology innovation improve?

Nov 05, 2013

Innovate or die. Newer and better tech is always needed in the oil & gas industry –even when companies aren’t exactly shouting to be first in line, OE asked: “How can technology innovation improve?” The offshore opportunity is vast…

Polarcus begins Gabon seismic

Oct 08, 2013

Panoro Energy ASA commenced a 3D seismic acquisition program in the Dussafu block off Gabon. The work will be carried out by Polarcus and is planned to cover an area of approximately 1260 km2 in the outboard part of the Dussafu license.  The…

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