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Журнал First Break — Октябрь 2010

 

Spectrum reprocesses for Trinidad & Tobago 2010 deep water bid round

Spectrum has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs (MEEA) to reprocess 12,240 line km of seismic data from the Trinidad and Tobago Deep Atlantic Area (TTDAA) 2D survey off the eastern coasts of these two islands. The data is being processed in preparation for a competitive bid round in the deep Atlantic area. There are 39 blocks delineated in water depths between 1000–3500 m. A decision is expected soon from the MEEA as to the number of blocks that will be included in the competitive bid round which was derived in part by a consultation or nomination process held...

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South Australian seismic push by Rodinia

Canadian company Rodinia Oil says that its wholly owned Australian subsidiary, Officer Basin Energy, contracted Terrex Seismic of Perth, Western Australia for its planned Phase III Officer Basin seismic survey. The project consists of approximately 1900 km of 2D seismic on PEL 81 and PEL 253 in South Australia and is expected to cost $13.5 million. This seismic programme, expected to take approximately six months to complete, will add a small number of additional lines to its current top 10 drill leads (Focus Area 1). These lines are to be acquired early in the programme so that they can be...

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Paradigm launches new software collaborations

E&P software company Paradigm has begun a new collaboration with giant Russian energy company Gazprom and separately with self-styled ‘mapping guru’ software company Petrosys, based in Adelaide, South Australia. Paradigm has signed a multi-year licence access agreement with Gazprom Geofizika for the use of its software by the Gazprom group companies. Gazprom will deploy Paradigm solutions for seismic processing, interpretation, reservoir characterization, and modelling. The company will also provide training to users at Gazprom who will take advantage of the software during 2010 and...

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WGP mobilizes source for Valhall LoFS repeats

UK company WGP Group has mobilized the Stril Myster platform supply vessel for the start of operations providing the source for the next series of repeat seismic shooting over BP’s Valhall Field as part of its pioneering life of field seismic (LoFS) project. In 2003 BP installed its LoFS ocean bottom cable (OBC) array and contracted WGP to design the source system. Eight years and 11 repeat surveys later, WGP has been contracted to install and operate the same portable source system, now owned and contracted by Thalassa Energy Services (TESL). The Valhall LoFS shooting area consists of 179...

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Pemex orders major seismic surveys

Petr?leos Mexicanos (Pemex) has awarded separate significant seismic-related contracts to the Mexican subsidiary of Houston-based Geokinetics and to CGGVeritas. Geokinetics is to carry out $110 million project in Mexico described as a seamless ocean bottom cable, transition zone, and land seismic data acquisition survey scheduled to begin late in the fourth quarter 2010 and last through early 2012. Richard F. Miles, president and CEO, Geokinetics, said: ‘We are especially pleased to have been chosen for this project as this award highlights the strategic rationale behind our recent...

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Fugro takes delivery of fourth C-class vessel

Fugro has taken delivery of the seismic survey vessel Geo Coral, the final C-class vessel in the series of four delivered to Fugro since 2007. Geo Coral, said to be one of the largest and most advanced seismic vessels ever built, was outfitted at Bergen Yards in Norway. The vessel is designed to operate worldwide in the most challenging offshore areas, and is capable of towing 16 seismic streamers. The C-class vessel design allows for deployment of the largest possible spread of seismic streamers which are considered essential for efficiency when performing geophysical exploration on large...

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Kenya oil seep study offers hydrocarbons promise

Canadian company Centric Energy is expressing some optimism for the exploration prospects on its Block 10BA, northwest Kenya following a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) oil-seep study. As part of its ongoing exploration work in Block 10BA, Centric Energy purchased 16 satellite acquired SAR ‘scenes’ from Fugro NPA to provide a minimum of three SAR scenes from different dates over all areas of Lake Turkana. Fugro experts undertook an interpretation of these data to identify and classify possible surface slicks on Lake Turkana. They categorized the observed slicks as either ‘priority unassigned’...

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Brazilian partner for Ikon

UK company Ikon Science is increasing its presence in the Brazilain E&P market through a joint venture with Geonunes, based in Rio de Janeiro. The aim is to provide quantitative interpretation services (QIS) and geoscience technology to upstream oil and gas companies in Brazil. London-based Ikon already has offices in Houston, Durham, Boulder, Lagos, Kuala Lumpur, and Perth (WA). Martyn Millwood Hargrave CEO of Ikon Science said: ‘We have worked with Marcos Gallotti of Geonunes for many years and are excited about setting up this new company. We believe the combination of our respective...

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Node survey set for Shell offshore Nigeria

SeaBird Exploration with Sonar as its local partner is acquiring an ocean bottom node seismic survey offshore Nigeria for Shell. It is being carried out by the company’s purpose-built Hugin Explorer, equipped with a capacity of 750 proprietary autonomous CASE Abyss nodes, and the source vessel Munin Explorer. Mobilization for the survey began in August immediately following a node survey in the North Sea for Chevron. The survey was expected to begin on the field around mid-September 2010 with an expected duration of approximately three months including mobilization and demobilization. Sonar...

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ARKeX scores third marine gradiometry survey offshore West Africa

ARKeX, UK-based provider of geophysical imaging services, has started a 6712 line km marine gravity gradiometry offshore Guinea Bissau survey using its proprietary BlueQube system on behalf of a consortium led by Svenska Petroleum Exploration. The West African republic has seen increasing exploration activity over the past few years with several exploration wells having been drilled. Svenska holds licences in Block 2 (which includes the Sinapa oil discovery determined to have a P50 STOOIP of 240 million barrels) and Blocks 4A and 5A. The ARKeX survey will aim to give Svenska a better...

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Troubled vessel holds up NZ seismic survey

Australian company Octanex was forced to suspend its Kakapo 3D seismic survey, in permit area PEP 51906 offshore New Zealand’s Taranaki Basin, due to mechanical issues with the Reflect Resolution survey vessel operated by Reflect Geophysical, a Singapore-based contractor founded by Norwegian interests. At the time the survey was suspended 20% of the planned 270 km2 survey had been completed, having begun in mid August. Octanex has been in discussions about repairs to the vessel and a resumption of operations. Through its New Zealand subsidiary, Octanex holds a 100% interest in PEP 51906, the...

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Roxar release improves the workflow

Emerson Process Management has released Roxar RMS 2010.1, the latest version of its reservoir modelling solution. The new software is said to add powerful seismic visualization for improved decision-making and quality control. The intention is that users will now be able to fully leverage their seismic data through every step of the seismic to simulation workflow, enabling critical decisions with less risk. Emerson’s flagship reservoir modelling solution, Roxar RMS comprises 13 fully integrated software modules, including mapping, reservoir modelling, well planning, reservoir simulation, and...

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3D EM joint industry project launched

EMGS has received industry funding for a joint project to accelerate the use of 3D EM data in exploration and production. The EDDA project involves acquiring state-of-the-art 3D EM data over known fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Data acquisition over the Linerle and Valkyrie fields has already started using EMGS’s mobile acquisition set deployed on the vessel Siem Mollie. The vessel will subsequently acquire data over the Sn?hvit field, and it was expected that the survey will be completed by the end of September. Roar Bekker, EMGS CEO, said: ‘EMGS has, over the last three years,...

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BGP wins gravity contract

BGP has been awarded a gravity survey project by Geofizyka Krakow on the Bahariya Block in Egypt. It is the first contract that BGP has won in Egypt. With decades of experience and expertise in GME operation, BGP says it has the capability to fully meet the demands of the client in the complex and challenging project ...

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Polarcus takes delivery of latest vessel

Dubai-based geophysical services company Polarcus has taken delivery of the third and most sophisticated 3D seismic vessel to date to join the company fleet. The vessel was built at Drydocks World — Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and is transiting directly to the Black Sea to commence a charter for Rosneft. Polarcus Asima is a purpose-built 12 streamer 3D seismic vessel of the latest Ulstein SX134 design and the largest vessel in the company’s fleet with an overall length of 92 m and a beam of 21 m. The Asima is described by Polarcus as the first true Arctic-ready 3D seismic vessel...

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Algeria bids to win back international E&P companies

Algeria has launched a licensing round for 10 oil and gas contract areas, according to a Reuters report, setting the stage for a new test of whether the OPEC member can revive lacklustre foreign interest in its energy sector. In the previous two bid rounds, many of the contract areas on offer went unclaimed, with some international energy firms saying the financial terms were too tough and the prospects were not attractive enough. Algeria, which supplies about a fifth of Europe’s gas, needs foreign know-how to meet its targets for raising energy exports, and some analysts say the country...

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Microseismic tool for Canadian survey company

Canadian geophysical services company GeoStrata Resources is expanding its capability to include downhole seismic. Historically a surface seismic data acquisition specialist, the company recently purchased a 20-level Sercel MaxiWave tool complete with the Wavelab acquisition and processing system. The digital downhole seismic array was selected to perform high-quality VSP and microseismic surveys. MaxiWave was released in 2008 and was claimed by Sercel to be a technical milestone for the seismic industry. It was said to enable for the first time, without the use of specialized deployment...

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Bahamas seismic results excite

BPC, the AIM listed exploration company with licences in the Bahamas, last month confirmed the preliminary results of its recently acquired 2D marine seismic survey. The 194 km programme was shot in June 2010 over the company’s southern licences, which lie adjacent to Cuban waters, and was acquired using a long streamer (10.2 km) with data recorded to 8.5 seconds. The use of modern acquisition and processing technology has resulted in a major improvement in the quality and resolution of the seismic data, compared to previous data from the 1980s, and has helped to confirm the geological model...

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Slyne Basin 15 day survey

San Leon Energy and its partner, Lundin, have announced the completion of the 300 km2 3D seismic acquisition programme covering the Slyne Basin exploration licence F4/06 along the Atlantic Margin, offshore Ireland. The programme was completed in 15 days with 100% of the proposed survey acquired under budget. The data is currently being processed with final interpreted results expected by December. San Leon has eight offshore Ireland assets, comprising four operated licences on the Atlantic Margin and four Celtic Sea assets. The Celtic Sea assets involve two operated licences, one non-operated...

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Companies join forces to explore the Seychelles

Seychelles oil company (SEYPEC), Fugro and Geomahakarsa have agreed to cooperate on the acquisition, processing, interpretation, and licensing of geoscientific data within the Seychelles Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on a multi-client basis. Fugro Data Services and Geomahakarsa will together acquire over 17,000 km of 2D seismic, gravity, and magnetic data within the Seychelles EEZ. Fugro and GL are geophysical services companies to the international petroleum industry which undertake projects for the acquisition, processing, imaging, and interpretation of seismic data. SEYPEC has determined...

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Tap finds in Brunei

Australian company Tap Oil says that preliminary interpretation of wireline, pressure, and sampling data on its Mawar-1 exploration well in Block M, onshore Brunei Darussalam suggests gas has been encountered in the primary Ridan objective. Mawar-1 has reached its total depth of 1292 m MD and wireline logging, pressure, and fluid sampling has been completed. Preliminary interpretation of these results indicates that Mawar-1 has encountered gas in primary objective Ridan Sandstone. A deeper secondary objective Rampayoh Series also had good hydrocarbon indications in cuttings and sidewall cores...

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Congo seismic adds to Chinese track record

CGE, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the China Coal Geology General Prospecting Institute (CCGPI), recently completed a 412 km 2D seismic survey for UK company Surestream Petroleum over the onshore N’Dunda block in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which is now operated by Eni following a farm-in agreement in August. The N’Dunda block is located in the west of DRC, close to the enclave of Cabinda and is bounded to the south by the River Congo. The terrain in the block is operationally very challenging, with large areas of papyrus swamp. Dr Huo Ming Quanmin, president of CGE, said: ‘CGE is...

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Manas signs Chinese contractor for Mongolia survey

Manas Petroleum, headquartered in Switzerland, is to acquire 300 km of 2D seismic on blocks 13 and 14 in Mongolia. The survey contractor is a Chinese data acquisition company DQE International, a subsidiary of CNPC Daqing Petroleum, which has been in operation since the 1970s and has a total of 16 seismic crews, 76 drilling crews, 60 well logging crews, and 10 cementing crews. The group has operated various projects in China and also internationally in Venezuela, Sudan, Indonesia, Egypt, Iran, and Mongolia. Manas owns 84% of the rights to blocks 13 and 14, 10% of which is held in trust for a...

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Tullow expands it East Rift Africa Basin interest

Tullow Oil has acquired a 50% operated interest in six adjacent licences covering the East African Rift Basins of Kenya and Ethiopia, an area of 97,000 km2. The company has signed agreements with Africa Oil to gain a 50% interest in five licences; Blocks 10BB, 10A, 12A, and 13T in Kenya and the South Omo Block in Ethiopia. The acquisition expands on the farm-in to Block 10BA from Centric Energy announced in August. Under the terms of the agreements with Africa Oil, Tullow will reimburse pro-rata past costs in each of the blocks and will carry Africa Oil for future net expenditures up to...

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