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Illustration by Natalie Renier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Currents Not Linked to New England Sea Level

satellite imagery has given scientists a record of movement at the ocean’s surface, but has been unable to detect currents below the surface. Starting in 2004, however, an international team of scientists began maintaining a chain of instruments that stretch across the Atlantic between Florida and Morocco. The instruments, which are collectively called the RAPID array, hold a variety of sensors that measure currents, salinity and temperature.“RAPID doesn’t resolve the details of every individual current along the way, but it does give us the sum total of the ocean’s behavior, which

Portugal, Morocco Seek Power Link

Portugal and Morocco will invite bids to build an undersea electricity cable linking the two countries after technical and financial feasibility studies are completed in early 2019, a senior Portuguese official said on Monday.Morocco and Portugal agreed in 2015 on plans for a 1,000 megawatt (MW) link. Feasibility studies were launched in 2016.Portuguese Secretary of State for Energy Joao Galamba told Reuters that the two governments aimed to issue the invitations to bid "immediately after the feasibility study""Both governments are strongly committed to this project," he said on

Photo: Sercel

Further Milestones for QuietSea PAM System

recognized that the ability to use geophysical survey streamers for PAM was a great step in the future development of effective PAM systems.   Another milestone was achieved when QuietSea was deployed commercially for the first time, on a proprietary 3D seismic survey CGG conducted offshore Morocco late last year. For nearly three months of continuous use throughout the survey, QuietSea’s integrated architecture enabled smooth and safe deployment and unimpeded productivity.   Sercel’s QuietSea marine mammal monitoring system was specifically designed to provide clear and

The 4,200 sq km BroadSeis 3D seismic survey offshore Morocco was acquired by the Geo Caspian. (Photo: CGG)

CGG Achieves Near Real-time Imaging for Offshore Survey

CGG delivered imaging results in near real-time for a 4,200 sq km BroadSeis 3D marine seismic survey acquired offshore Morocco, providing the very-fast-track (VFT) RTM PSDM volume to the client four days after the last shot.  The crew of the CGG Geo Caspian worked in partnership with the client to complete the program ahead of schedule.  According to CGG’s CEO, Jean-Georges Malcor, “This exceptional achievement surpasses our record last year when we delivered 1,700 sq km of fast-track depth imaging data just nine days after acquisition for another survey offshore Morocco

(Image: U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center)

Arctic Sea Ice Retreat Pinned to Individuals' Emissions -Study

4.14 million square kilometres (1.60 million square miles), matching 2007 as the second smallest in the satellite record behind 2012.   Thursday's study said goals set under the 2015 Paris Agreement for curbing emissions were insufficient to avert the loss of ice. Governments meet in Marrakesh, Morocco, from Nov. 7-18 to work out how to implement the agreement. (Reporting By Alister Doyle

Polarcus Scores XArray Project in the Barents Sea

Polarcus Limited announced that it has received a Letter of Intent (LOI) for an XArray project in the Norwegian-Barents Sea for an undisclosed client.    The survey is due to commence in August 2016, after required authorization has been obtained, and will run for approximately four weeks.    This extends the Polarcus North West Europe campaign and replaces the previously announced project in Morocco which will no longer be acquired by Polarcus.

Polarcus Awarded Broadband 3D Project Offshore Morocco

Polarcus Limited announced that it has received a Letter of Intent from Repsol for a broadband 3D survey offshore Morocco to commence in the third quarter of 2016.

The Tendrara permit is located in the Figuig Province, North-East Morocco, 120 km from the GME pipeline, connecting Algeria and Morocco to the Spanish  Portuguese gas grids. courtesy Sound Energy

Sound Energy Starts Drilling at Tendrara

Sound Energy, the European / Mediterranean focused upstream oil and gas company confirmed the commencement of drilling of the first well at Tendrara, onshore Morocco. With the rig-up completed on 15 April, the well was spud on 20 April 2016.  Drilling is expected to reach a total measured depth of 2640 metres with the drilling programme anticipated to include coring, logging, completion and testing.                         The Company looks forward to updating shareholders on the

Courtesy Qatar Petroleum

QP, Chevron Ink Offshore Moroccan Deal

Qatar Petroleum has reached an agreement with Chevron Morocco Exploration Ltd., a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, to acquire a 30% participating interest from Chevron’s 75% share in three deep-water offshore leases in the Kingdom of Morocco. ​Under the agreement, which was approved by the Moroccan government, Qatar Petroleum will acquire the 30% interest in the deep-water leases, while Chevron will retain a 45% interest and remains the operator and Morocco's Office National Des Hydrocarbures Et Des Mines will continue to have a 25% interest. The three offshore areas are Cap Rhir Deep

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