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Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Anas Alhajji, Contributing Editor

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TerraSond lands 7th NOAA hydrographic survey contract

The new contract was effective January 1, 2020, with a maximum value of $250 million over 5 years, subject to appropriation by Congress.

Senegal launches new 2020 offshore licensing round

PETROSEN has partnered with TGS, GeoPartners and PGS to provide over 14,000 km of 2D data, over 10,000 km² of 3D data and over 50,000 km² of Multibeam data with associated shallow cores and geochemistry, to interested parties.

CGG exits marine seismic acquisition business, kicks off marine streamer JV

CGG announced that it has completed its exit from the marine seismic acquisition business, following the earlier wind-down of its land seismic acquisition activities.

TGS adds U.S. unconventional log databases from Petrophysical Solutions

TGS announced the purchase of all U.S. onshore petrophysical log database and associated intellectual property from Petrophysical Solutions, Inc.

Halliburton presents major software grant to King Abdulaziz University

Halliburton Landmark presented a multimillion dollar educational software grant to King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia to train and prepare the next generation of Saudi oil and gas engineers and geoscientists.

CGG quits seabed data acquisition JV, transfers holdings to partner

CGG announced it has terminated the Seabed Geosolutions’ joint venture agreement effective December 31, 2019.

TGS completes new multibeam and coring program in Brazil’s Campos and Santos basins

TGS announced the completion of a new multibeam and coring program covering over 213,0000 square kilometers in the Campos and Santos basins of offshore Brazil.

CGG completes JumpStart multi-client geoscience data project in Australasia

CGG has completed JumpStart multi-client geoscience packages for the North West Shelf of Australia and the Banda Arc in the Asia-Pacific region.

Elsevier integrates GIS software, databases to reduce geoscientists’ research time

Geofacets for ArcGIS provides users with one primary information solution that combines the mapping and analysis capabilities of ArcGIS, with the information and data discovery solutions of Geofacets.

Fugro performs first deepwater AUV and geotechnical site survey for Brunei Shell Petroleum

The survey results will be critical for planning a safe drilling program, and will provide key inputs for engineering and design studies for pipeline routing and subsea structures in future deepwater field developments.

TGS introduces new U.S. deepwater Declaration Refocus imaging program

The new imaging project will process data from the prolific Mississippi Canyon, Viosca Knoll and De Soto Canyon areas using the latest imaging technologies to provide a significant uplift in data quality.

CGG to undertake UK North Sea’s largest OBN multi-client survey

Planned to start in early 2020, the survey has already received significant industry interest and is being prefunded in part by BP. First results are targeted for Q1 2021.

Senegal to offer 10 offshore blocks in 2020 license round

Senegal’s MSGBC basin is home to several recent high-profile oil and gas discoveries, set in a variety of play types, both on and off the carbonate shelf.

ION lands ARGAS ocean-bottom nodal data processing and imaging contract

Full waveform inversion will be a key component in the workflow to achieve a high-resolution velocity model for depth imaging and seismic inversion for reservoir characterization.

ADNOC and Total team up on drone-based seismic acquisition pilot program

The pilot project, performed with Total’s Multiphysics Exploration Technology Integrated System (METIS), uses autonomous drones and a ground vehicle to drop off and retrieve seismic sensors without human intervention.

CGG expands Middle East presence with regional geoscience center in Abu Dhabi

CGG has established a Regional Geoscience Center in Abu Dhabi to deliver geophysical, geological and reservoir technology and support to clients across the Middle East.

Halliburton releases new imaging technology to identify fracture networks

Halliburton released its PixStar High-Resolution Ultrasonic Imaging Service, a new logging-while-drilling technology that provides real-time images of the borehole to help operators identify fractures, improve wellbore stability and optimize completion design.

TGS and WhiteStar partner to offer combined data sources

Robert White, CEO of WhiteStar Corporation, said, “Customers will greatly benefit from a best-in-breed integration of our highly curated land data and the well-respected TGS field, pool, and validated well header data.”

Shearwater wins Total 2D acquisition project offshore South Africa

Shearwater GeoServices has been given a conditional letter of award for a 2D seismic acquisition and fast-track processing project by Total E&P South Africa B.V.