WorldOil OptaSense to provide pipeline monitoring services for Mexican gas pipeline OptaSense, a QinetiQ company, has announced that its fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) system has been chosen to provide improved pipeline monitoring, including leak detection, on a gas pipeline in Mexico. Oil export bill said to be set to move as price fears ease Congress is set to begin consideration of a measure to lift the decades-old ban on U.S. crude exports after a government study concluded the move wouldn’t raise gasoline prices for consumers, people familiar with the plan said. Aggreko to acquire ICS Group, Inc., assets Aggreko, the leading global provider of modular, mobile power and related solutions has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets associated with, and used in connection with, the equipment rental business of ICS Group, Inc. New Jacana oil field discovery in Colombia GeoPark Limited has announced a new oil field discovery following the drilling of exploration well Jacana 1, located on the Llanos 34 Block in Colombia. Xodus awarded North Sea decommissioning FEED contract with Nexen Xodus Group has been awarded a contract with Nexen Petroleum UK Limited to provide FEED services in support of the decommissioning of the Ettrick and Blackbird fields in the central North Sea. Aptomar opens field monitoring center in Trondheim Aptomar officially opened its “Aptomarin” marine control center in Trondheim, Norway, on Wednesday. The 24/7 field monitoring operation is available to offshore oil companies operating in the main oil and gas hubs around the world. ION to cut 25% of workforce in cost cutting initiative ION Geophysical has announced an aggressive cost reduction initiative as part of an overall plan to align its operating expenses with business conditions and recent declines in the commodity price environment for crude oil and natural gas. Shell-BG merger receives EU antitrust clearance THE HAGUE -- Royal Dutch Shell’s combination with BG Group has received unconditional merger clearance from the European Commission, Shell said Wednesday. Schlumberger acquires synthetic diamond specialist Novatek Schlumberger announced Wednesday that it has acquired Novatek Inc. and Novatek IP, LLC, U.S.-based companies that specialize in synthetic diamond technology primarily for the oil and gas industry. PGS names third Ramform vessel to be cold stacked PGS has decided to cold-stack the Ramform Viking after she completes a multi-client project offshore East Newfoundland in late October, the company said Wednesday. CGG completes survey over Abu Dhabi's Hail, Shuweihat fields CGG, with the support of its Seabed Geosolutions joint venture with Fugro, has completed the acquisition of a 3D seismic survey over the Hail and Shuweihat oil and gas fields in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s most environmentally sensitive areas.