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BG Brasil, Senai CIMATEC launch Latin America’s fastest supercomputer

SALVADOR, Brazil -- BG Brasil and Senai CIMATEC have unveiled the fastest ever supercomputer in Latin America at the Senai CIMATEC Supercomputing Center for Industrial Innovation in Salvador, Bahia.

CNOOC reports discovery in Eastern South China Sea

CNOOC Limited has reported a mid-sized discovery, Liuhua 20-2, in the Eastern South China Sea.

Eni in gas, condensates discovery offshore Libya

Eni has made a gas and condensates discovery offshore Libya, in the Bouri North exploration prospect.

Statoil wildcats disappoint in the Norwegian Sea

Statoil Petroleum, operator of production license 348 C, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat wells 6407/8-7 and 6407/8-7 A. Both wells have been drilled about 4 km north of Hyme field in the southern part of the Norwegian Sea.

Bister exploration well disappoints in Norwegian Sea

Faroe Petroleum has announced that drilling has reached target depth on the Statoil-operated Bister exploration well in the Norwegian Sea.

Exxon Mobil in deepwater oil discovery offshore Guyana

Exxon Mobil Corporation has announced a significant oil discovery on the Stabroek Block, approximately 120 miles offshore Guyana.

FEI, Weatherford enter agreement for advanced reservoir characterization

FEI and Weatherford Laboratories have entered into a joint agreement to offer advanced reservoir characterization services to the oil and gas industry.

PGS kicks off 2D survey offshore Mexico

Petroleum Geo-Services commenced operations on a multi-client 2D seismic program offshore Mexico on May 16.

TGS announces major 2D survey offshore Mexico

TGS has announced Gigante, a 181,500 km regional 2D seismic survey in the Gulf of Mexico.

Suncor comes up dry with North Sea appraisal well

STAVANGER, Norway -- Suncor Energy Norge AS, operator of production license 375, has completed drilling of appraisal well 34/4-14 S in the oil discovery 34/4-11.

OMV wildcat strikes out southeast of Wisting discovery

OMV (Norge) AS, operator of production license 537, is in the process of concluding the drilling of wildcat well 7324/8-2. The well is dry.

CGG starts new multi-client survey offshore Norway

CGG has announced a western extension of the Horda BroadSeis-BroadSource 3D multi-client program that it began acquiring in the Northern North Sea, offshore Norway, in 2014.

Waters around Prirazlomnoye field show no divergence from natural status: Gazprom Neft

As a part of yearly investigations undertaken by Gazprom Neft, researchers from the Knipovich Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography have recently completed comprehensive investigations on aquatic conditions round the Prirazlomnaya platform, located in the Pechora Sea.

Tracerco introduces offshore mobile labs for reservoir tracer analysis

Tracerco has invested in a number of new mobile reservoir tracer analysis laboratories for use onsite in offshore projects.

TGS partners with PGS for multi-client 2D program offshore Canada

TGS has announced two new multi-client 2D surveys offshore Eastern Canada, with plans to acquire approximately 30,000 km of seismic data. Both surveys are in partnership with PGS, utilizing two vessels during the 2015 acquisition season.

Shell gets green light for Chukchi Sea exploration program

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has conditionally approved Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc.’s revised multi-year Exploration Plan (EP) for the Chukchi Sea.

Cairn Energy submits offshore evaluation plan for Senegal

Cairn Energy and its JV partners have submitted a three-year evaluation work plan to the Government of Senegal.

Web-based data management tool streamlines E&P analysis

Phoebe McMellon, Geofacets; Neal Marriott, Geological Society of London; Jonathan Craig, Eni

Organizations in academia and industry support the development of new geological information tools to help geoscientists sift through huge quantities of data, and incorporate that data seamlessly into their workflow, leading to improved decision making and improving the odds of exploration success.

Latin America’s prospects, and post-corruption Petrobras

Peter Howard Wertheim, Contributing Editor

Alvaro Teixeira is a civil engineer and geologist who worked 36 years for Petrobras on E&P projects in Brazil and abroad.

California oil waste rules challenged as groundwater threat

(Bloomberg) -- California’s rules allowing oil extraction waste to be injected into the ground were challenged by environmental groups saying the practice threatens protected sources of drinking water as the state suffers through a record drought.