Gulf Of Mexico News

Fairfield Geotechnologies Wins GoM Survey Contract

Fairfield Geotechnologies said it has been awarded a contract by BHP to acquire up to 1,004 sq. miles of ocean bottom node seismic data in the Alaminos Canyon and East Breaks areas of the Western Gulf of Mexico. The survey, located in water depths ranging from 2,500 to 7,250 ft., will employ two seismic source vessels and Fairfield Geotechnologies’ newest ocean bottom node technology, ZXPLR.The survey design will deliver high quality seismic data for imaging, as well as provide the long offset, full azimuth data necessary for high-resolution velocity model building to enhance existing reflection

Hal Goldie (Photo: Enpro Subsea)

Goldie Appointed to Enpro Subsea Board

now being adopted by major and independent operators globally.  The Aberdeen based company delivers flexible subsea solutions to support operators across the life of field from development phase through to decommissioning. Their FAM system was most recently deployed by LLOG Exploration in the Gulf of Mexico on the Crown and Anchor field.Goldie, who is based in Houston, has a career that spans almost 50 years in the oil and gas industry. Having started as an engineering apprentice at Cameron in Scotland in 1969, he rose through the ranks within various divisions in Norway, Middle East, UK and USA

Deepwater Survey Completed in Working Oilfield

Fairfield Geotechnologies completes Gulf of Mexico Ocean Bottom Node surveyFairfield Geotechnologies announces the successful completion in May 2018 of the Stampede deepwater ocean bottom node survey, located in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico.  The field, operated by the Hess Corporation, is in approximately 3,500 ft. of water.  The 238 km2 survey was the second successful deployment of Fairfield Geotechnologies’ ZXPLR system.  ZXPLR is the newest generation of ocean bottom node technology and features a compact design, automated back deck systems, and powered and

Fugro’s new first-of-its-kind airborne multibeam system, RAMMS, provides efficient bathymetric lidar surveys for nearshore and coastal mapping (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Advances Bathymetric Lidar Mapping Capabilities

with Areté Associates. In 2015 the companies launched the pioneering aerial survey platform known as ROCIS (Rapid Ocean Current Imaging System) to measure surface ocean currents. In high demand since then, Fugro has collected more than 168,000 nautical miles of ROCIS data in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to support offshore oil and gas operations

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Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale to Test Response to Trump-era Regulations

A federal auction of exploration leases in the Gulf of Mexico next week will test energy companies' appetite for acreage after the Trump administration left royalty rates for deepwater parcels unchanged, bucking an industry call to lower them.The U.S. Gulf of Mexico has faced waning interest in recent years as competition stepped up from other basins globally, as well as from onshore shale basins and Mexico's waters in the Gulf.Oil companies had lobbied for lower royalty payments for deepwater acreage because of the projects' high cost and long lead time before production can begin. In

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Schlumberger, TGS Bags New US Seismic Project

Norwegian seismic specialist TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS) and oilfield services providers Schlumberger have announced a new multiclient nodal seismic project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The project, named Amendment, will comprise acquisition of a 2,350-km2 multiclient seismic survey in the Mississippi Canyon and Atwater Valley protraction areas of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. This prolific area includes open acreage, existing producing assets and new discoveries.Seismic data will be acquired using Fairfield Geotechnologies 4C nodal acquisition technology with operations expected to commence in Q4

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Interventek Secures $1.3m Order from PRT Offshore

has secured recent orders in excess of £1 million ($1.3 million) for itsRevolution in-riser shear and seal safety valve.The orders represent repeat business, from Louisiana based Professional Rental Tools LLC (PRT Offshore) to support well completion and intervention operations in the Gulf of Mexico.  Interventek will supply its 6.375” 15,000psi working pressure valves to be included in PRT Offshore’s Subsea Safety System.PRT Offshore’s president, Patrick Placer, said, “We have serious ambitions to develop our capability in the subsea landing string market in

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Hunting Hydrocarbons

to guide the glider to investigate anomalies in greater detail, and inform the survey plan.Having proved the capabilities of using the glider for seep detection, Blue Ocean has taken the concept a step further this year, by using multiple gliders for a single survey. In a project in May, in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, four gliders were used together, supported by USBL positioning (for position accuracy) from a manned surface vessel. The gliders were mounted with PAM, CTD sensors, FDOM fluorometer, laser methane and METS methane sensors and a Sonardyne USBL system.USBL positioning helps to mitigate positioning

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

corporate and non-profit organizationsEarning undergraduate and post graduate degrees in botany helped form Dr. Earle’s belief that understanding vegetation was the first step in understanding any ecosystem. Dr. Earle’s 1966 Duke University dissertation, “Phaeophyta of Eastern Gulf of Mexico,” shed new light on the region’s aquatic plant life, and when combined with her other Gulf research, the body of work stands today as the definitive study of the region’s abundant and rich aquatic plant life.Dr. Earle has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7

Seabed Geosolutions Wins GoM Extensions

Seabed Geosolutions, a joint venture between Fugro and CGG, has secured an extension to a recently awarded 4D ocean bottom node (OBN) seismic monitoring surveys over multiple oil and gas fields in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Seabed Geosolutions has recently started as planned with the original workscope, and the additional surveys will increase the total duration to around five months. The extension secures backlog continuity for the CASE Abyss ocean bottom node crew and the Hugin Explorer vessel.Seabed Geosolutions supports the optimal development and production of oil and gas fields by providing high

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Transocean to Buy Ocean Rig in $2.7 Bln Deal

are more costly than onshore work and take years to develop, became less attractive after oil prices fell to below $30 a barrel in 2016.Global crude prices have since recovered to above $70, renewing producer interest in offshore basins around the world, including Brazil and the U.S. and Mexican Gulf of Mexico.The deal would provide Switzerland-based Transocean with nine ultra-deepwater drillships and two semisubmersibles, the company said. Annual cost savings are projected to be about $70 million."The combination of constructive and stable oil prices over the last several quarters, streamlined

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Fugro Secures E&P Support Contracts

Fugro has won three contracts with BHP Petroleum (Deepwater) Inc., which see the company delivering a range of specialist services to support exploration and production operations in Trinidad and Tobago and the Gulf of Mexico.Within Trinidad’s Block 3(a) Fugro is providing geophysical and geotechnical services from dedicated vessels to support the development of the Ruby field. From its deepwater survey vessel, Fugro Searcher, Fugro will conduct 3DHR seismic surveys, seabed clearance and shallow hazards surveys, a flowline corridor survey and a shallow geotechnical survey. For the geotechnical

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Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ Smaller than Usual

Scientists have determined that this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone”— an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and marine life — is approximately 2,720 square miles (7,040 square kilometers), an area about the size of Delaware. This summer’s smaller-than-expected dead zone size is the fourth smallest area mapped since 1985 and is smaller than the 5,780 square miles forecast by NOAA in June.The effort to determine the size of the dead zone was led by NOAA-supported scientists at Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium during a

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Fairfield Geo Embarks on Aggressive Growth Strategy

company has a diverse and widespread base for nodal surveys and is well positioned to benefit from the increase in demand. Fairfield Geotechnologies has reported significant successes recently in securing a robust backlog of projects including recently announced projects in the Middle East and the Gulf of Mexico

The ONR TechSolutions-sponsored scuba binary dive application (SBDA 100) replaces traditional paper logs and automates the logging and submission of dive profiles directly from a dive computer worn by Navy Divers to the Naval Safety Center DJRS database. (U.S. Navy photo by Bobby Cummings)

Navy Divers to Have Automated Logging from Worn Dive Computers

it takes to manually log dives—watching the young guys that have to—at the end of a long 12 to 14-hour-day—come back and manually go through the dive logs and write everything down, and double check it and triple check it,” said Brodeur.During a recent training exercise in the Gulf of Mexico, Brodeur, the Naval Experimental Dive Unit and other U.S. Navy divers stationed around the globe had the opportunity to test the technology for the first time.“The designers gave me a crash course on how to operate the technology,” said Chief Navy Diver Marshall Goble, ship repair

Enpro's FAM modules awaiting subsea deployment in Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Enpro Subsea)

Enpro Subsea Supports First Oil for LLOG Exploration in Gulf of Mexico

In June, LLOG Exploration delivered first production from its Crown and Anchor field in the Gulf of Mexico. This milestone also represents a major achievement for Aberdeen based Enpro Subsea as it is the first of multiple deployments by LLOG of its patented Flow Access Module (FAM) technology.The FAM technology was selected by LLOG as it fully aligns with the company's strategic approach to fast track, capital efficient subsea tiebacks. FAM essentially creates an enhanced production ‘USB port’ within the jumper envelope. This enables the operator to use standard subsea Xmas Trees

TGS CEO Kristian Johansen (Photo: TGS)

TGS Remains Upbeat as Shares Drop

a statement.In the third quarter advance payments from oil firms covered 33 percent of operational investments, down from 54 percent a year ago, the quarterly report showed.TGS also said it also took impairments of $10 million in the period as some projects in Brazil, Canada and the U.S. part of the Gulf of Mexico were delayed.Its shares were trading 10.9 percent down by 1021 GMT."TGS shares fell on missed consensus expectations, which might have been too high," Fredrik Stene at Pareto Securities said. "A 10 percent fall is a way too heavy reaction for a singular quarterly result."

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