Seismic Technology News

David Millar, Director TechX Program, The Oil & Gas Technology Center

TechX: Pioneering and Accelerating

.Graduates of the OGTC’s first TechX Pioneers program are already making their mark on the industry, with some of the industry’s key players keen to trial their technological solutions to sector challenges.One of the TechX Pioneers, Tenzor Geo, has secured offshore trials of its micro seismic technology with BP in the North Sea, starting early in 2019.Test1, who have developed a unique foam which can soak up oil from spills – so the oil can be recovered, and the foam reused – are carrying out field trials at Aberdeen Harbor.Blue Gentoo, a firm which has produced a hydrate management

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CGG Renews Cooperation with OMV

;Geophysical technology is a critical factor for future success in OMV’s upstream oil and gas business, and I am very pleased that OMV will continue its strategic partnership with CGG. The continuation of our long-term cooperation with CGG will benefit OMV in terms of continuous advancement in seismic technology and capability.”Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO, CGG, said, “The OMV center is the longest-running of the 11 dedicated centers CGG operates for clients worldwide. Its impressive track record testifies to the strength of our relationship with OMV and the level of trust between our two companies

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Schlumberger, TGS Bags New US Seismic Project

Johansen, CEO of TGS.Maurice Nessim, president, WesternGeco, Schlumberger, said, "Schlumberger and TGS have built up extensive geophysical and geological knowledge in this prolific part of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. In line with the WesternGeco asset-light strategy, the application of nodal seismic technology and state-of-the-art imaging techniques will help to accelerate hydrocarbon discovery, development and production for our clients."Nessim added, "This unique dataset will provide a step change in illuminating complex subsurface structures and help E&P companies to maximize the

Shearwater to Buy Schlumberger’s Seismic Business

acquire 10 high-end seismic acquisition vessels, including seven 3D vessels and three multipurpose vessels (MPVs) configured to serve the growing OBS market, 12 complete streamer sets with spares, as well as two source vessels. The proposed transaction also includes WesternGeco proprietary marine seismic technology, as well as development and manufacturing facilities in Norway and Malaysia.“We will combine two strong complementary businesses and create an industry-leading full-service geophysical company with a solid financial and strategic platform,” said Irene Waage Basili, CEO, Shearwater

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Teledyne Maintains Course

and lighting and Bolt Technologies, a leader in seismic exploration sound sources and control systems.  Bowtech has provided our team with additive technology in optical imaging to augment our strong acoustic imaging presence. Through the Bolt Acquisition, we gained an expanded piece of the seismic technology to support our Teledyne Geophysical streamer line. Bolt is a leader in Seismic Source, and coupled with Real Time Systems controls and AGG interconnect, Teledyne Marine now boasts a significant share of the total seismic solution set. The Bolt acquisition delivered an additive capability to

TGS and Schlumberger today announce commencement of the Dual Coil Shooting* multi-vessel full-azimuth acquisition Revolution XII and XIII surveys in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The surveys will cover approximately 7,150 km2 (306 blocks) in the Green Canyon, Atwater Valley and Ewing Bank protraction areas of the Central Gulf of Mexico.  The Revolution XIl and XIII surveys will be acquired using the Schlumberger WesternGeco Q-Marine* point-receiver marine seismic system combined with the proprietary

Dual Coil Shooting Full-Azimuth Multiclient Acquisition in GoM

and delivering projects in this prolific part of the Central Gulf of Mexico. Our cooperation started in 2008 with acquisition of the Freedom WAZ survey and was followed later by the Liberty WAZ and Patriot M-WAZ surveys. The Revolution XII and XIII surveys benefit from the latest advances in seismic technology and will provide the E&P industry with critical information to support exploration and drilling activity in a region that is expected to remain a priority for our customers,” commented Kristian Johansen, CEO, TGS. These new Revolution Dual Coil Shooting full-azimuth surveys will

“Many would agree that the ocean is a highly under sampled environment. We see our role as facilitating good decision-making by providing the instruments and platforms that allow society to collect as much accurate and quantitative data as possible, at as low of a cost as possible in order to facilitate more informed decision making.”  Bill Kikendall Teledyne Marine Sensors & Systems Group

MTR100: Teledyne Marine Sensors & Systems (PART I)

has also recently rounded out its product offerings for offshore seismic exploration.  Bolt Technology and Real Time Systems were acquired by Teledyne in late 2014, joining Teledyne Geophysical Instruments in this marketspace.  Collectively, these organizations deliver a full spectrum of seismic technology ranging from small highly reliable hydrophones and intricate towed arrays, to innovative sound sources and data synchronization systems. •    Teledyne Geophysical Instruments is a global organization delivering high-quality, high reliability, marine seismic exploration

The Jack/St Malo semi-submersible floating production unit is the largest of its kind in the Gulf of Mexico and has a production capacity of 170,000 barrels of oil and 42 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, with the potential for future expansion. (Photo: Business Wire)

First Oil From Jack/St. Malo Project in the Gulf of Mexico

design, and pipeline structures have set new milestones for the Gulf of Mexico. The project, which was sanctioned in 2010, has delivered new technology applications, including the industry's largest seafloor boosting system and Chevron's first application of deepwater ocean bottom node seismic technology in the Gulf of Mexico, providing images of subsurface layers nearly 30,000 feet below the ocean floor. Chevron, through its subsidiary, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., has a working interest of 50 percent in the Jack field, with co-owners Statoil (25%) and Maersk Oil (25%). Chevron, through its subsidiaries

Shell Starts Second Deepwater Facility in GoM

production from new discoveries. Cardamom is Auger's seventh subsea development. The Cardamom reservoir sits beneath thick layers of salt in rock more than four miles (6.4 kilometers) below the sea floor and went undetected by conventional seismic surveys. Shell used the latest advancements in seismic technology to discover Cardamom in 2010. The Cardamom field is 225 miles (362 kilometers) south-west of New Orleans, Louisiana, in water more than 2,700 feet (820 meters) deep. Other deepwater Gulf of Mexico growth for Shell includes the Mars B (Shell 71.5%) development, which continues to ramp

Armed with New Technology, Oil Drillers Revisit Gulf of Mexico

infrastructure left over from earlier drilling, they can be installed for about $10 million; a deepwater well would cost upward of $50 million. The returns, so far, have been good. Each of Saratoga's three horizontal wells are yielding double to triple the initial production of vertical wells. Seismic technology is helping the company to drill deeper, said Clifford. "It's all about getting more bang for your buck," he said. (By Swetha Gopinath and Sayantani Ghosh; Editing by Robin Paxton

FairfieldNodal Makes Two Promotions

the data licensing division. Roger Keyte is now the firm’s senior advisor to the CEO. Roger joined FairfieldNodal in 2009 as the director of marketing and strategy after serving as president of RFTrax, a subsidiary. He has been instrumental in building the company’s brand as nodal seismic technology innovators and experts, beginning with the successful corporate name change from Fairfield Industries. In his new position, Roger will provide more definitive strategic guidance as the company expands into new global markets. In another move to address FairfieldNodal’s continuing growth

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