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Nine US States Seek to Stop Atlantic Seismic Testing

Attorneys general from nine U.S. states sued the Trump administration on Thursday to stop future seismic tests for oil and gas deposits off the East Coast, joining a lawsuit from environmentalists concerned the tests harm whales and dolphins.Seismic testing uses air gun blasts to map out what resources lie beneath the ocean. Conservationists say the testing, a precursor to oil drilling, can disorient marine animals that rely on fine-tuned hearing to navigate and find food. The tests lead to beachings of an endangered species, the North Atlantic right whale, they say.New York Attorney General Barbara

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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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TGS Hires Polarcus for Europe

 Polarcus has received a letter of award from TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, a marine seismic data acquisition specialist, for acquisition of 30,000 square kilometers of 3D multi-client data in Europe.   Approximately 20,000 sq.km. will be acquired in 2017 utilizing two Polarcus vessels and its innovative XArray(TM) multiple source acquisition method to deliver extremely efficient, high quality broadband data.    The project will commence early in Q2 2017. The remaining 10,000 sq.km. will be acquired in 2018 utilizing up to two Polarcus vessels with commencement expected in

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Polarcus Appoints Starr as Next CEO

Rod Starr will succeed Rolf Ronningen as Polarcus' next chief executive officer. Following a comprehensive selection process, Polarcus Limited’s board of directors has chosen Rod Starr to succeed Rolf Ronningen as chief executive officer. Ronningen, who informed the board of his planned retirement in 2014, will continue as CEO until Rod takes up his appointment, expected early Q1 2015.   Starr joins Polarcus from TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company. He has over 30 years industry experience, starting his career with Unocal where he spent 16 years in various planning and financial roles

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TGS Signs LOI for Seabird Exploration Seismic Vessel Charters

Norway-based TGS informs that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Seabird Exploration to charter up to four 2D seismic vessels to be used over the next 36 months.  The Letter of Intent gives TGS priority rights to the vessels subject to the issuance of seismic acquisition permits for the offshore waters of Mexico. In December 2013, Mexico's Congress gave final approval to a historic energy reform bill that ends the 75-year state monopoly of the country's oil and gas industry and invites foreign investment. "The publicly announced legislative changes will allow for outside investment

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TGS Fix New 2014 Seismic Investigation Contracts

Norway's TGS says it has fixed vessel charter contracts with owners of two specialised vessels for multi-client seismic work projects as follows: Firstly, a Letter of Award with WesternGeco to charter the high capacity 12 streamer vessel M/V Geco Eagle for 3D multi-client projects in Northwest Europe during the 2014 summer season. The charter will begin on or before 01 April 2014 and last for three months with an option to extend for a further three month period. This charter replaces a six month option for another 3D vessel that will not be utilized. Secondly, TGS also says that it has signed a

TGS Start Offshore Madagascar 2D Seismic Surveys

Norway-based TGS, in partnership with BGP, has commenced acquisition of 2D seismic, gravity and magnetic multi-client surveys offshore Madagascar utilizing the 'M/V Challenger'.  The surveys, MAJ-13 and MS-14, will add 7,025 km of new 2D seismic data to extend and infill the existing 33,315 km of 2D data acquired by TGS in the region. Data processing will be performed by TGS using its proven Clari-Fi(TM) broadband processing technology. Final data will be available to clients from Q3 2014. The surveys are supported by industry funding.   About the company TGS-NOPEC Geophysical

TGS Begins Chukchi Sea Seismic Survey

TGS has commenced acquisition of a 2D multi-client survey in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska. The Chukchi Sea 2D 2013 survey covers approximately 8,000 km and builds on the existing Chukchi Sea (CSR-06) survey acquired in 2006 in Russian waters and the AWI Chukchi Sea (AWI08) survey acquired in 2008. "TGS is very pleased to be back in the Chukchi Sea," stated Rod Starr, Senior Vice President Western Hemisphere for TGS.  "This project was implemented following productive cooperation with local, state and federal agencies as well as local community stakeholders.

TGS Expands NE Greenland Seismic Survey

The 2D seismic survey will enable customers to prepare for the announced Greenland Licensing Round in 2013/2014. The seismic data is being acquired by the M/V Akademik Shatskiy supported by the ice breaker M/V Viking Balder. A helicopter is being utilized for ice density monitoring. Data processing will be performed by TGS and data will be available to clients in Q1 2014. The survey, NEG13, will enable customers to prepare for the announced Greenland Licensing Round in 2013/2014. Due to favorable ice conditions, TGS expects to acquire 4,200 km of 2D multi-client seismic data.  This new data

Three New Offshore Seismic Surveys for TGS

TGS announces three new multi-client surveys; a 3D survey in UK West of Shetlands and two 2D surveys offshore Newfoundland-Labrador. UK West Shetland Rona Ridge 2013 (RR13) is a 2,420 km2 3D survey that will provide the industry's first 3D data in the highly prospective UK West Shetland Basin.  Data processing will be performed by TGS with initial data available to clients in Q4 2013 ahead of the UK 28th Licensing Round. The Labrador Sea Deep Basin The 2D survey covering 3,000 km and the Labrador Sea 2D Infill survey covering 7,100 km will complement and infill the existing 22

TGS in Seismic Data Deal with Fugro

TGS announces commercial agreement to sell Fugro's 2D multi-client library. The agreement covers more than 1,000,000 km of seismic data in areas of great strategic interest for TGS. While the brokerage agreement provides TGS with more data coverage in existing focus areas such as Northwest Europe, it also provides access to a broad range of new client contacts and exposure to seven new countries/areas where TGS is not active today. As a result of this agreement, Fugro provides TGS with an exclusive right to licence and market the majority of Fugro's multi-client 2D library and receive commission

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