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OPT Scores Oil and Gas Study Contract

US based ocean energy solutions company Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) said it has signed a contract with an unnamed oil and gas exploration and production company to complete a 12-week paid feasibility study that will examine the use of OPT’s products and services in monitoring subsea wells during decommissioning activities.“This study will evaluate the use of our PowerBuoys in monitoring multiple customer wells during oil field decommissioning activities in the very deep and challenging waters of the Gulf of Mexico,” said George H. Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of

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'Elusive' Omura Whale Spotted

.Dr. Cerchio’s new research paper not only starts to fill in the habitat map for the world’s most recently discovered large whale species, but it also documents the overlap of Omura’s range with the threat of human activities such as shipping, fishing and offshore oil and gas exploration. After showing the world what Omura’s whales look like in 2015, Dr. Cerchio and his team is now showing where they live. The next step is encouraging more intensive study of local populations so as to determine their conservation status and what can be done to protect what remains one

Kraken president and CEO Karl Kenny (Photo: Eric Haun)

Kraken Debuts New Synthetic Aperture Sonar

. The length of the MINSAS-240 receiver array allows for true full-aperture SAS processing even at tow speeds up to 20 knots without switching to a lower resolution imaging mode at high speed."For demanding subsea survey missions in mine countermeasures, infrastructure monitoring and oil and gas exploration, time is of the essence," Kenny said. "The sensor that gets the job done most effectively is one that combines ultra-high resolution imagery with an extremely high area coverage rate."

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Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

the moon.More crucially, to the emergent underwater oceanographic and hydronautical world, the excitement that had been building over the past decade about what exploration of the deep could offer, through the likes of Jacques Cousteau, was starting to be applied in a new industry, North Sea oil and gas exploration. The possibilities of new industries such as deepsea mining and seafloor habitation were also being discussed.Mid-century saw the first gas discovery in the North Sea, followed, a year later, in 1966, by the founding of the Society of Underwater Technology. An industry was born. Just three years

T12 with SeaFLIR230 installed (credit: Jack Rowley)

USVs Secure Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure

, and almost three trillion cubic feet of gas a day.This massive production effort is sustained by offshore drilling rigs, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. And while, the Trump Administration has directed the Department of the Interior to open up new regions in the outer continental shelf to oil and gas exploration, environmental concerns – impelled by major events such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico – have served as a brake of U.S. offshore drilling. Addressing these environmental concerns has been a challenge.Offshore oil and gas companies have been proactive

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Inpex Wins Exploration Acreage Offshore Norway

between approximately 350 and 1,000 meters.Additionally and also as a part of the APA 2018 licensing round, Inpex was awarded a 40% participating interest in exploration license PL767B, an extension area to exploration license PL767 in which Inpex acquired* a 40% interest in 2017.Oil and natural gas exploration activities in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea began in the 1960s, resulting in the discovery of numerous large-scale oil and gas fields. Thereafter, exploration activities have expanded north to the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.In recent years, oil and gas fields estimated to hold

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Government Shutdown: Atlantic Seismic Permitting Blocked by Judge

pending litigation.The Trump administration's plans to open up offshore drilling along the eastern seaboard has riled state governments, including Republican-leaning South Carolina, who fear seismic testing and offshore drilling will harm their lucrative tourism industries."While oil and gas exploration could bring in billions of dollars, doing it without adequate study and precautions could end up costing billions of dollars and cause irreversible damage to our economy and coast," said South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, who is seeking to join the lawsuit fighting drilling, said

Murphy Oil Closes Gulf of Mexico JV

Murphy Oil Corporation announced  that it has closed its previously announced deal to form a Gulf of Mexico joint venture with Petrobras.The global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company said in a press release that its wholly owned subsidiary, Murphy Exploration & Production Company - USA, has closed the previously announced strategic deep water Gulf of Mexico joint venture with Petrobras America (PAI), a subsidiary of Petrobras for net cash consideration of approximately $795 million.The transaction has an effective date of October 1, 2018, it added.Murphy’s

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Schlumberger, TGS Bags New US Seismic Project

will combine well log data, high-quality orthogonal WAZ and new nodal measurements to provide foundations for the first industry-funded regional nodal survey in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico."This survey is supported by industry prefunding. TGS provides multi-client geoscience data to oil and gas Exploration and Production companies worldwide. Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry

Norway to Spend More Looking for O&G Near Russian Border

Statoil, had plans to drill with Rosneft in one of the blocks, known as Perseyevsky.But Western sanctions imposed on Moscow after Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, have ended such plans.Oslo and Moscow did a deal in 2010 to end a dispute over their maritime border, which included oil and gas exploration. But since Russia's annexation of Crimea Norwegian officials have expressed concern about Russian military exercises in the region.Norway also fears that tensions between Russia and the West could have implications for Svalbard, which belongs to Norway but has become significant because

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New Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

designed the vessel to operate as an uninspected research vessel with an ABS Loadline. The design offers flexibility in science outfitting allowing for high utilization and affordable operating day rates. The vessel is easily adaptable to evolving scientific research areas such as offshore oil and gas exploration surveys, wind energy development surveys, environmental impact studies, and the servicing of ocean observing systems.Main propulsion is provided by a pair of 660 BHP tier III Cummins QSK 19M engines coupled to a Finnoy 2G27-42FK two–in/one-out marine gear driving a Finnoy 5 blade, 1.95

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