Geology & Geophysics ///

USGS: Former astronaut named EROS Center director

Former NASA astronaut Christopher J. “C.J.” Loria has been named the newest director of the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Kenya summons envoy to Somalia over disputed oil territory

Kenya summoned its ambassador to Somalia after the Horn of Africa neighbor decided to auction offshore oil and gas blocks the nation considers to be in its territory.

U.S. Interior has announced region-wide oil and gas lease sale Gulf of Mexico

In support of President Donald J. Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Acting Director Walter Cruickshank have announced that BOEM will offer 78 million acres for a region-wide lease sale scheduled for March 2019.

Texas RRC launches new feature on Public GIS Map Viewer

The Railroad Commission of Texas’ Public Geographic Information System (GIS) Map Viewer can now display data for multiple wells in a defined radius area set by a user.

TGS enters new play in U.S onshore, with Railgun 3D seismic survey in the Powder River Basin

TGS announces a new multi-client onshore 3D seismic survey, Railgun 3D, located within the Powder River Basin.

ConocoPhillips’ Greg Leveille sees rapid trajectory of technical advancement continuing

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

In an exclusive interview with World Oil Editor-in-Chief Kurt Abraham, ConocoPhillips Chief Technology Officer Greg Leveille discusses the technical issues facing global E&P, particularly as relates to the many U.S. unconventional plays

DEA awarded new license in the onshore Nile Delta

The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) has awarded one new license to DEA in its 2018 Bid Round. The East Damanhour exploration block (originally offered as Block 10) is covering 1,418 km2 and is located west of the Disouq development leases, where DEA is the operator with a licence share of 100%.

Neptune Energy awarded oil exploration license in Egypt

Neptune Energy has today been awarded an operated oil exploration license in the North West El Amal offshore concession in Egypt by the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation.

SDX expands presence in Morocco with new licenses, seismic commitment

SDX Energy Inc., the North Africa focused oil and gas company, is pleased to announce that it has increased its presence in Morocco with the awards of the Moulay Bouchta Ouest and Lalla Mimouna Sud licenses.

CGG, TGS to conduct Greater Castburg survey

CGG and TGS announce the Greater Castberg TopSeis survey in the Barents Sea. The survey is 5,000 km2, and will be acquired and processed with the latest developments of CGG’s TopSeis acquisition and imaging technology.

Texas drilling permits, completions statistics for January 2019

The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 1,196 original drilling permits in January 2019 compared to 1,166 in January 2018.

BLM makes record-breaking $1 billion from O&G lease sales

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced that 2018 was a record year for oil and natural gas lease sales – generating more than $1 billion – an amount that was nearly equal to the BLM’s budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

StormGeo, DNV GL merge to create fleet performance management solution

StormGeo and DNV GL have announced that they have signed an agreement to consolidate their fleet performance solutions under one banner.

Africa Oil makes significant discovery, opens South Africa petroleum province

Africa Oil Corp. has announced a significant discovery at the Brulpadda-1AX well on Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa. Africa Oil holds an indirect interest in the project as a result of its equity interest in Africa Energy (35%) and Impact Oil and Gas (30%).

FracGeo launches DrillPredictor software to optimize completions

FracGeo announces the launch of its software module DrillPredictor, a cloud- and subscription-based web service to put completion optimization in the hands of any unconventional reservoir operator.

Texas-size glut of frac sand accumulating as demand weakens

Just a year after rushing into America’s busiest oil field with new mines, frac-sand producers may have overdone it.

ExxonMobil, Hess have made two new discoveries offshore Guyana

Hess Corporation has announced positive results from the Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 wells offshore Guyana, bringing the total number of discoveries on the Stabroek Block to 12.

Reveal Energy Services commercializes FracEYe frac hit analysis service

Reveal Energy Services announces today the commercialization of the FracEYE(SM) frac hit analysis service to expand the industry’s knowledge base about this critical issue of parent well-child well communication.

Silixa Limited has launched Carina XwellXpress hydraulic fracture monitoring service

Silixa Ltd announces the launch of Carina XwellXpress, the crosswell low frequency strain and microseismic monitoring service that accurately locates microseismic and strain events in real-time through wireline interventions, allowing operators to improve stimulation and completion designs to maximize recovery.

Aker BP has made a discovery at Froskelår

Aker BP is currently drilling exploration well 24/9-14 on the Froskelår Main prospect.