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Fraser Moonie, Bibby Subsea president and managing director (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Subsea Completes Decommissioning Work for Shell

Offshore’s Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea, has completed a significant contract with Shell Pipeline, a subsidiary of Shell Oil US.   Through its strategic alliance with U.S. diving company, Aqueos Corporation, Bibby Subsea completed the subsea decommissioning project in the Gulf of Mexico, utilizing its diving support vessel (DSV) Bibby Sapphire. For the 16-day campaign the Bibby Sapphire was equipped with an SMD Quasar work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to disconnect a previously decommissioned eight-inch oil export pipeline from a hot tap tee installed on the

CGG Registered to Estimate Reserves in Mexico

 CGG Registered to Estimate Reserves in Mexico   CGG’s Mexican entity, CGGVeritas Services de México S.A. de C.V., has become one of a small number of companies to be registered by Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) as an independent third party qualified to audit and certify Mexico’s reserves, either for oil and gas operators or directly for the CNH.   Registration of CGG’s auditing and reporting services will apply to all of Mexico’s oil and natural gas resources from conventional to unconventional in both offshore and onshore

Photographer: Øyvind Hagen/Statoil

Offshore Deepwater Rebound?

Statoil awarded licences in Mexico’s Deepwater round   Statoil was awarded blocks 1 and 3 in the Saline Basin in the Deepwater exploration tender in the Mexican Round 1.   The blocks cover an area of about 5,650 km2 (18,500 square miles) in the largely unexplored deepwater areas of the Saline Basin. Statoil will be the operator of blocks 1 and 3, at 33.4% equity, with partners BP and Total participating equally with the remaining equity.    The licences were awarded in a competitive bid round. A total of 10 deepwater blocks were on offer, with four in the Perdido Area

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Harkand Awarded $5 mil Diving Support Contract

Harkand has secured a USD 5 million contract in Mexico to perform saturation diving services in support of an offshore pipeline project for offshore construction company Swiber  Offshore Mexico S.A de C.V. The global subsea inspection, repair, maintenance, and light construction company has recently finalized a joint venture with Arena Servicios de Mexico, a local Mexican company involved in infrastructure projects as their exclusive vehicle to deliver services in Mexico. Harkand Arena will complete a wide ranging scope of work, including the installation of risers and expansion spools

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PGS ASA - First Mover Offshore Mexico

  Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS) commenced operations of a MultiClient 2D seismic program offshore Mexico on May 16th. The two 2D vessels Atlantic Explorer and Sanco Spirit will acquire multiple projects recently approved by the Mexican government. The first program to be acquired is the Mexico Well Tie MC2D which will provide clients with an excellent grounding for understanding the hydrocarbon prospectivity in the area. Fast track products will be available in June 2015.   "PGS is proud to conduct its first commercial seismic acquisition project in Mexico after approval of the

iXBlue GAPS Makes its Mark in Mexico

C&C Technologies has purchased the iXBlue fourth-generation GAPS USBL acoustic positioning system for the company’s Mexico division. This will be the first time the system is directly available to customers in Mexico. The new system, which was launched by iXBlue early in 2014, will be used to track subsea systems in shallow and deep waters in the Gulf of Mexico and to support a range of other subsea applications such as ROVs, subsea equipment placement, and diver operations. As part of the formal qualification program, C&C staff put the new GAPS system through a number of challenging

Total, ExxonMobil Win Block in Mexico Deep Water Oil Auction

Mexico awarded a consortium comprised by Total and ExxonMobil the second block tendered from the Gulf of Mexico's Perdido Fold Belt off the U.S.-Mexico maritime border in a historic deep water oil and gas auction on Monday.   Block 2 is a 1,149 square mile (2,976.6 square km) block which the energy ministry says contains some 1.440 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in light and extra light crude as well as natural gas. (Writing by Dave Graham)

China Offshore Oil Wins First Block in Mexico Deep Water Auction

Mexico awarded China Offshore Oil Corporation the first block tendered from the Gulf of Mexico's Perdido Fold Belt off the U.S.-Mexico maritime border, in a historic deep water oil and gas auction on Monday.   Block 1 is a nearly 650 square mile (1,678 square km) block which the energy ministry believes contains some 625.8 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in extra light crude. (Writing by Dave Graham)

Chevron, Pemex, Inpex Win Block in Mexico Deep Water Oil Auction

Mexico awarded a consortium of Chevron, Pemex and Inpex Corporation the third block tendered from the Gulf of Mexico's Perdido Fold Belt off the U.S.-Mexico maritime border in a historic deep water oil and gas auction on Monday.   Block 3 is a 651 square mile (1,686.9 square kilometer) block which the energy ministry says contains some 1.304 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in light and extra light crude. (Writing by Dave Graham)

The highly prospective and complex deepwater subsurface geology of Campeche, Mexico represents a unique global opportunity.  (Photo: Schlumberger)

Multiclient Wide-Azimuth Deepwater Seismic Survey in Campeche Basin

Schlumberger has announced that PETRONAS, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, PETRONAS (E&P) OVERSEAS VENTURES SDN. BHD., signed an agreement to license a significant part of the WesternGeco Campeche wide-azimuth (WAZ) deepwater multiclient seismic survey in the southern Gulf of Mexico. “The great potential of the area and complexity of the geology in the Campeche basin requires high-quality wide-azimuth acquisition to image the subsalt effectively. We will leverage our extensive U.S. Gulf of Mexico experience to deliver enhanced subsalt imaging and additional exploration solutions to

Just as hydrocarbon seepages on land have led to oil discoveries, so have seeps in the marine environment. Fugro is conducting world’s largest offshore seep-hunting survey  planned to cover approx 620000 Sq Km Image Fugro

Another Fugro Vessels Joins Largest SEEP-Hunting Survey

Fugro has deployed multi-purpose offshore survey vessel Fugro Gauss to join the Fugro Brasilis offshore Mexico, to help complete the world’s largest seep-hunting survey for multiclient geoscience data company, TGS. Both Fugro vessels are using hull-mounted multibeam echosounders (12 kHz on Fugro Gauss and 30 kHz on Fugro Brasilis) and sub-bottom profiler systems to map an area of approximately 625,000 square kilometres in the deep waters of Mexico. The data acquired will assist in identifying sites where deep hydrocarbon-rich fluids are escaping to the seafloor and will be used to target

Dr. Wes Tunnell

Long-term Study May Reveal Deepwater Horizon Impacts

The Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will receive approximately $1.25 million over the next three years to work with Mexican colleagues in the southern Gulf of Mexico to look for residual impacts from the Ixtoc I oil spill of 1979-1980 on coastal areas, fisheries, and the deep sea. This long-term study will reveal what impacts may be in store 30 years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. Dr. Wes Tunnell, Associate Director of HRI, is leading the project. He is joined in this research effort by HRI endowed chairs: Drs. Jim

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BP's Commitment to GofM Confirmed: New Oil Discovered

BP says it has made a significant oil discovery at its Gila prospect (which it co-owns with ConocoPhillips) in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. This is BP’s third discovery in recent years in the emerging Paleogene trend in the Gulf of Mexico and reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to the US offshore region.   The Gila discovery was made by an exploration well on Keathley Canyon Block 93, about 300 miles southwest of New Orleans, in approximately 4,900 feet of water. The well, which penetrated multiple Paleogene-aged reservoir sands, was drilled to a total depth of 29

MV Kobi Ruegg (Photo: Fugro)

MV Kobi Ruegg Joins Fugro Survey Fleet

project in the Egyptian sector of the Mediterranean Sea.   Working on behalf of Saipem, Fugro will deploy its large diameter piston core system to collect soil samples in the Zohr gas field; geophysical surveys for Pico and Shell will follow.   Having previously operated in the Gulf of Mexico for Fugro, the three-year-old vessel has recently been renamed in honor of a former member of Fugro’s management board who passed away in March 2017. Köbi (Jakob) Rüegg worked for Fugro for almost 20 years and from 2009 until he retired in 2013 was a member of the Board of Management

Schlumberger, Statoil Execute Multiclient WAZ Survey in Campeche Basin

  Schlumberger announced today that Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC has signed an agreement to license a large part of the WesternGeco Campeche wide-azimuth (WAZ) deepwater multiclient seismic survey in the southern Gulf of Mexico. The license also includes collaboration with WesternGeco in the seismic processing phase. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Statoil in this breakthrough project, which is the first WAZ multiclient broadband survey in Mexican waters of the Gulf of Mexico,” said Maurice Nessim, president, WesternGeco. “The complexity of the

FairfieldNodal Delivering Valuable New Permian Basin Seismic Data

Multiclient spec land program continues throughout Texas, New Mexico and beyond. FairfieldNodal is proud to announce the completion of two new seismic data acquisition surveys in the prolific Delaware Basin of West Texas and New Mexico. These latest surveys include 775+ square miles of 3D data, available now, with another 350+ square miles to be delivered by year’s end, including 50+ square miles in Ector County, Texas. FairfieldNodal is also acquiring 400+ square miles in Lea County, New Mexico and permitting new programs in Loving County, Texas. Acquisition is scheduled to begin later

NOIA Optimism on Gulf of Mexico Oilfield Sales

Trade Association NOIA, representing America's Offshore Energy Industry, sees a postive trend in the Gulf of Mexico offshore industry NOIA President Randall Luthi issued the following statement in advance of the forthcoming Central Gulf of Mexico Consolidated Lease Sale 216-222: Overall, compared to the last two years, we are seeing a positive trend for the offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico, and we are looking forward to Wednesday’s lease sale with cautious optimism. “Not only is this the first Central Gulf of Mexico sale in two years and the last lease sale in the current five year OCS

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