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Shell Arctic support vessel turned back by Greenpeace activists

Greenpeace USA activists suspended from the St. John’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon, for more than 30 hours have prevented Shell’s Arctic drilling support vessel, the Fennica, from leaving Portland.

Vermilion Energy farms into North German basin licenses

Vermilion Energy has entered into a farm-in agreement with Mobil Erdgas-Erd l GmbH (MEEG) and BEB Erdgas und Erd l GmbH & Co.KG (BEB).

UK names final winners from 28th seaward licensing round

The Oil and Gas Authority—the UK oil and gas regulator—announced the remaining winners from the 28th Offshore Licensing Round on Monday.

Dolphin starts East Campeche multi-client project in Mexico

Dolphin Geophysical has commenced the East Campeche 2D long offset multi-client survey in Mexico, utilizing the M/V Artemis Arctic.

Seabed Geosolutions secures two new contracts

Seabed Geosolutions will soon mobilise for the variation order that was signed Monday by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) with CGG to conduct a shallow water seabed survey.

Cuadrilla to appeal planning refusals for UK shale sites

Cuadrilla plans to appeal Lancashire County Council’s (LCC) Development Control Committee’s decisions last month to refuse planning consent for two applications for temporary shale gas exploration sites.

China answers Japan rig concern with joint-development offer

China repeated a call Friday for talks with Japan over joint development of gas and oil resources in contested waters in the East China Sea.

NUTECH’s Reservoir Intelligence takes well analysis to next level

NUTECH offers an integrated set of proprietary technologies that takes Reservoir Intelligence to the next level by providing a comprehensive and evolving picture of a reservoir across the entire life cycle of an asset through screening five areas of expertise: petrophysics, core analysis, completion engineering, reservoir mapping and modeling, and reservoir engineering.

Japan releases photos of Chinese rigs in disputed East China Sea

Japan’s foreign ministry unveiled a map and photographs of what it said were 16 Chinese marine platforms close to Japan’s side of the disputed East China Sea.

CGG awarded airborne gravity gradiometer survey in Tanzania

CGG has been awarded a contract by the Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) to acquire high-resolution gravity gradiometry and aeromagnetic data over two onshore areas along the South-Eastern Tanzanian Coastal basin and the eastern arm of the East African Rift.

Searcher Seismic completes Echidna survey offshore Ireland

Searcher Seismic in cooperation with MAGE, announced the acquisition of the Echidna Regional Broadband 2D seismic survey covering the Porcupine & Slyne basins and the Goban Spur offshore Ireland, is now complete.

Edison Norge drills dry well in North Sea

Edison Norge's Haribo exploration well has been drilled to total depth without encountering hydrocarbons, Noreco Norway—a partner in the well—has announced.

Katalyst acquires SpectrumData’s seismic data management division in Asia-Pacific

Katalyst Data Management has acquired the Perth-based oil and gas data management division of SpectrumData Pty Ltd.

Eni reports 15-Bcm gas discovery in Egypt’s Nile Delta

Eni has reported a gas discovery in the Nooros exploration prospect, in the Abu Madi West license in the Nile Delta, 120 km northeast of Alexandria, Egypt.

Polarcus starts 3D survey offshore The Gambia

Polarcus has started a new 3D broadband multi-client project across the Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea-Bissau basin (MSGB), offshore northwest Africa.

BOEM offers 22 million acres in Gulf of Mexico August lease sale

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced Thursday that the bureau will offer approximately 21.9 million acres offshore Texas for oil and gas exploration and development in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area.

Mexico’s only oil champs backed by Riverstone, BlackRock money

Sierra Oil & Gas, poised to become Mexico’s first private crude producer in seven decades, has never drilled a well.

EMGS receives permits for Mexico survey

EMGS has received permits from Mexico's Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) authorizing the acquisition of up to approximately 88,000 km2 of 3D EM multi-client data in the Salina de Itsmo basin.

Wireless Seismic, Inc. and FairfieldNodal settle lawsuit

The Federal District Court in Houston dismissed all of FairfieldNodal’s claims against Wireless Seismic.

TGS, PGS partner for new multi-client 3D program in Flemish Pass basin

TGS has announced a new multi-client 3D survey offshore Eastern Canada with plans to acquire approximately 4,300 sq km of seismic data. This survey is conducted in partnership with PGS.