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Fugro completes deepwater AUV surveys for Shell in US Gulf of Mexico

The project required data collection over multiple deepwater lease blocks in the greater Perdido and Mars development areas to support clearance of potential environmental, engineering, geological and archaeological hazards ahead of planned drilling activities.

Jersey Oil and Gas details Buchan’s "significant" resources

Jersey Oil and Gas PLC has revealed the findings of a new independent evaluation of its recently acquired Greater Buchan Area project in the North Sea.

Santos reports flow test results from Dorado-3, offshore Western Australia

Santos has announced that the initial flow test of the Caley reservoir from the Dorado-3 appraisal well has confirmed the main oil pool in the field is capable of producing flowrates at the higher end of pre-drill expectations.

CGG delivers 4D BP Angola survey ahead of schedule

Radwa El Zidan, geophysicist from the BP-Angola asset team, said “We were very impressed by the CGG team’s commitment to achieving an early delivery of the data on what was already a challenging schedule. The early delivery of results will accelerate our active reservoir management program for this field.”

Polarcus secures XArray multi-client seismic project in Australia

The program will utilize Polarcus’ Xarray multi-source acquisition system, a hybrid combination of towed streamers and ocean-bottom nodes.

SAExploration lands OBN seismic survey award in Asia Pacific

Services to be provided will include data acquisition utilizing ROV-deployed autonomous nodal recording technology in water depths up to 60 meters.

Shearwater wins 2D/3D seismic project offshore Southeast Asia

The contract covers an area of 1,600 km² for 3D seismic with associated 2D work to be executed over a 1.5-month period from end Q3 2019 for the undisclosed client.

TGS kicks off latest 3D survey offshore Africa

TGS has has fired first shot to commence a new survey in the MSGBC Basin, offshore north-west Africa. The Senegal Ultra-Deep offshore 3D survey covers over 4500km2, with a modern broadband acquisition set-up.

Schlumberger introduces intelligent wireline formation testing platform

Schlumberger introduced the Ora intelligent wireline formation testing platform, leveraging a new architecture and metrology for enhanced performance, enabling dynamic reservoir characterization in all conditions, including where previously impossible.

CGG Geoscience delivers multi-year study to Kuwait Gulf Oil Company ahead of schedule

The co-located team worked together to integrate recently acquired and processed 3D seismic data covering the entire onshore PZ, with multiple geological, petrophysical and production data sets to deliver a robust portfolio of exploration prospects and leads as well as asset development infill opportunities for the existing fields.

GEOEnhanced Technologies completes electro-seismic demonstration on tribal lands

The company released details of the test indicating that a total of twelve test shots were performed at locations selected by the tribe and covering areas in both North and South Dakota.

Schlumberger begins wide-azimuth survey, including Zama-1, in Campeche, Mexico

Schlumberger will start a new 5,080-km2 wide-azimuth (WAZ) multiclient survey in the Salina del Istmo Basin in the Gulf of Mexico Bay of Campeche, providing the first 3D coverage over this shallow-water target area that includes the recent Zama-1 discovery.

TGS acquisitions, deepwater node firsts accelerate growth

Achievements include new technologies in key basins; strengthening position in the South Atlantic; further growth onshore; enhancing imaging and efficiencies; and expanding the value chain through data and analytics.

Sercel introduces new broadband ocean bottom node

CGG Sercel’s new GPR ocean bottom node leverages the proven high performance of Sercel’s QuietSeis broadband digital sensor technology to collect superior data for accurate seismic imaging compared to data collected by conventional sensors.

ION announces new 2D multi-client program offshore West Africa

ION Geophysical announced a new 2D multi-client program offshore West Africa. The industry-supported NamibeSPAN program covers the underexplored Namibe basin offshore southern Angola.

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Shearwater returns to Turkey for new acquisition and processing contract

The survey covers an area of 6,200 km2 and includes fast-track processing, followed by full time and depth processing. The 4-month project starts in Q3 2019 and will be conducted by the Polar Empress immediately after its completion of a full North Sea summer season.

Shearwater awarded two Barents Sea 3D acquisition contracts

Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a master services agreement by Lundin Norway, and new Isometrix seismic acquisition projects for Lundin and Spirit Energy Norway in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea.

Schlumberger and TGS announce new 3D multiclient reimaging project in Egyptian Red Sea

The project will comprise reimaging data from three overlapping seismic surveys totaling 3,600 km2 that were acquired between 1999 and 2008—the only available 3D data in this part of the Red Sea.

CGG awarded offshore Eastern Canada imaging project by BHP

In line with its continued investments in high-end imaging technology, supercomputing capacity and digitalization, CGG will employ its FWI and least-squares migration algorithms over the entire survey area of more than 10,000 km².