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Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) at a resolution of 10m (Image: TCarta)

Satellite Derived Bathymetry Aids Hydrocarbon Exploration

U.K. based marine geospatial products provider TCarta said it has delivered satellite derived bathymetry (SDB) to one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers, Total SA, who will use the water depth data for preparing seismic survey works off the coast of Myanmar.The SDB dataset, which covered a 30-square-kilometer area around Preparis Island in the Bay of Bengal, was generated by digitally extracting water depth measurements from multispectral imagery acquired by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite. The resulting bathymetric data had a point spacing of 10 meters with

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Record-size US Offshore Oil Lease Sale Draws Modest Bidding

consistent investment in the Gulf of Mexico," BOEM spokesman Mike Celata said in a conference call with reporters, adding he forecast increasing oil and gas production from the region for years.   He said 33 companies, including majors Royal Dutch Shell Plc , BP Plc, Chevron Corp, and Total SA , had placed 159 bids on 148 blocks.   But critics of the administration called the unusually large lease sale ill-timed. U.S. crude oil and natural gas output is already smashing records thanks to improved drilling technology that has opened up cheaper onshore reservoirs, and Brazil and

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Mexico's Oil Reform a Boon for Hard-hit Oil Service, Seismic Firms

.   Schlumberger said it was "fully committed" to its customers in Mexico, but declined to elaborate on its business. The other three companies did not respond to requests for comment.   Among companies bidding at Wednesday's auction are China Offshore Oil Corp, ExxonMobil and Total SA.   More data sales, which are tracked by Mexico's energy regulator, are expected for further rounds and joint ventures this year as the country puts some 66 percent of its prospective oil reserves on the block.   Some energy firms only pay for detailed data packages after they win

Brazil Regulator Rejects Total Study on Drilling at Amazon River Basin

Brazil's environmental regulator Ibama said on Tuesday it has rejected Total SA's environmental study on drilling in the Foz do Amazonas basin, warning it needs more information or it will suspend the French oil firm's license application. Ibama's repeated refusals to accept Total's environmental impact study has held up the company's four-year quest to explore the offshore basin, an area some geologists say could contain up to 14 billion barrels of petroleum, or more than the entire proven reserves in the Gulf of Mexico. Total led a group including Britain's BP Plc and Brazilian state oil

Mexico Auctions Two-thirds of Blocks in Shallow Water Oil Tender

of the blocks by itself and two in consortium with other companies. One comprised Capricorn and Mexican oil firm Citla, the other was with Citla alone. Citla also partnered with Capricorn to win another block.   Russia's Lukoil also took a block in the auction, as did a tie-up between France's Total SA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc.   The potential output from the shallow water oil and gas blocks auctioned could total 170,000 barrels per day of crude equivalent and investments could reach $8.2 billion, Energy Minister Pedro Joaquin Coldwell told a news conference.   The auction was the

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Moody's Reviews Saipem's Rating

to slide. With approximately 50% of floaters and 70% of jack-ups contracted at year-end 2016 and only 25% of floaters and 43% of jack-ups by the end of 2017, Saipem's fleet has a similar contracted picture to many in the offshore drilling industry. There have also been contract terminations, with TOTAL S.A. (Aa1 review for downgrade) terminating its lease of the Saipem 12000 drillship for convenience and Statoil ASA (Aa2 review for downgrade) suspending the lease for the Scarabeo 5 semi-submersible. In this context, several of Saipem's older floaters will find it challenging to re-contract in 2016-2017

Petrobras, Partners Find Hydrocarbons in New Libra Well

filing the drilling of the 3-BRSA-1310-RJS well was concluded, and that another two wells are being explored.   Libra, an area believed to contain 8 billion to 12 billion barrels of oil under the seabed, is being operated by Petrobras. The concession is also owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Total SA, China National Petroleum Co, CNOOC Ltd and a Brazilian state firm known as PPSA.     (Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing by Chris Reese

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Schlumberger to Buy Cameron in $14.8 Bln Deal

gas customers who have slashed budgets.   The deal is the latest in a line of mergers in the energy industry as companies struggle to cope with a 60 percent plunge in global crude oil prices since June last year.   Most oil and gas producers, including oil majors Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Total SA, have drastically cut spending, which has hurt demand for oilfield services companies.   Schlumberger, the world's No.1 oilfield services company, has cut 20,000 jobs this year alone and lowered its capital budget to maintain margins.   The company, whose services range from surveying

Second Oil Well at Brazil's Libra Field Set for Drilling

A second exploration oil well at Brazil's Libra field will be drilled this month, the managing director for Total SA in Brazil told Reuters on Monday. Drilling on the first well began in August. "We need to drill more wells to confirm the actual nature and size of the field," Denis Besset, managing director of Total Brazil, told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in Rio de Janeiro. The Libra consortium is led by state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, with a 40 percent stake. Total and Royal Dutch Shell Plc both have 20 percent while China's National Petroleum

Representatives of the ISO’s Technical Committee on Arctic Operations attended meetings in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.  (Photo credit: Lisa L. Piercey)

The Quest for Arctic O&G Standards

Oil and Gas Producers Association (OGP) has championed the development of Arctic standards since the committee was struck in 2011, noted Green. Industry representatives at the meetings included individuals from OGP, Husky Energy, Statoil, BP, Chevron, Shell, Gazprom (Russia), ENI (Italy), and TOTAL SA (France). Representatives from Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, BN Petrole AFNOR (France), and the Petroleum Safety Authority (Norway) also participated in the meetings, as did the Canadian Standards Association and Standards

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Oil Discovered in Second Oman Exploration Well

Chairman of Rex International Holding, said, “The oil discovery in the second exploration well is further testament to the accuracy of our proprietary direct hydrocarbon indicator, Rex Virtual Drilling; this time in our very own concession. The recent entry of oil majors such as France’s Total S.A. to Oman’s offshore areas indicates their recognition of the potential of finding crude reserves in the region and gives a vote of confidence to the findings of Rex Virtual Drilling.  

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