North Sea & Europe Geology & Geophysics News

Integration of Fugro GeoServices now complete

The formation of Fugro GeoServices Ltd. in the UK is complete with the integration of Fugro Seacore, Fugro Engineering Services, EM Drilling, Fugro Loadtest, Fugro Instrumentation & Monitoring, and Fugro Aperio.

Kosmos to exit offshore Ireland frontier license

Kosmos Energy has notified Antrim Exploration Ireland that it intends to withdraw from frontier exploration license 1/13 in the Porcupine basin offshore western Ireland.

Searcher Seismic completes Barents Sea 3D survey

Searcher Seismic has completed acquisition of the Silver-Eye 3D seismic survey in the Norwegian Barents Sea.

Shell gets deepwater Bulgaria exploration permit

Bulgaria has selected Royal Dutch Shell to conduct deepwater Black Sea exploration.

EMGS makes further operational cost reductions

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA has made additional cost reductions in its operations including dropping one vessel. 

Record response to western Ireland licensing round

Ireland’s 2015 Atlantic Margin Licensing Round, which closed last week, drew a record 43 applications.

Schlumberger teams with Providence offshore western Ireland

Providence Resources has signed an incentivized exploration collaboration agreement with Schlumberger for the southern Porcupine and Goban Spur basins offshore western Ireland.

VNG well proves more oil in Pil area offshore Norway

The semisub Transocean Arctic has discovered oil while drilling two wells on the VNG Norge-operated Boomerang prospect in the Norwegian Sea.

GDF Suez teams with Hansa in emerging Dutch offshore play

Hansa Hydrocarbons has completed a farm-out with GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland (part of the ENGIE Group) of its 4Quads licenses in the Dutch North Sea.

ABB wins $90-million order to supply world’s longest extruded ‘power from shore’ cable

ABB has won an order worth around $90 million from Statoil, for a high-voltage cable system to supply power from shore to the Johan Sverdrup offshore oil field.

OE 2015: Faroes to renew offshore exploration drive

The Faroese Earth and Energy Directorate (Jardfeingi) is looking to rekindle interest in exploration offshore the Faroe Islands.

Industry hit with further job cuts

ConocoPhillips, Aker Solutions, and ION Geophysical have each confirmed significant work force reductions in the midst of continued market downturn.  

Undeveloped UK fields deserve attention, report claims

Consultants Hannon Westwood (HW) have issued a new report on near-term developments affecting the UK continental shelf (UKCS).

EMGS licenses more Barents Sea data

Electromagnetic Geoservices’ Barents Sea data continue to be popular. 

Alseamar completes geochemical survey with underwater gliders

Alseamar recently completed a pre-exploration survey with two of its Sea Explorer gliders fitted with Minifluo hydrocarbon sensors.

Industry reassessing potential of Irish Atlantic Margin

The Irish offshore Atlantic Margin is one of the final frontier regions in northwest Europe and one that is largely underexplored.


Norway's Parliament (Storting) has approved Statoil's plan for development and operation of the Johan Sverdrup field in the Norwegian North Sea, the country's largest-scale offshore project for many years.

EMGS clinches further Barents Sea 3D electromagnetic data sale

Electromagnetic Geoservices has agreed to provide 3D electromagnetic data from its Barents Sea library to an unnamed oil company.

DEA, Sterling line up more wells for North Sea Breagh development

Sterling Resources expects a new round of development drilling to start late this year on the Breagh Alpha platform in the UK southern North Sea.

2D seismic survey aims to clarify prospectivity in North Celtic Sea

A consortium of GeoPartners, Russian contractor MAGE, Seabird Exploration, and DownUnder GeoSolutions has started acquiring the North Celtic Sea 2015 multi-client 2D seismic survey.

LR Senergy wins well contracts in Middle East, Asia/Pacific

Reservoir/well engineering specialist LR Senergy has secured contracts worth a combined $7 million.

TGS finishes 3D seismic campaign offshore South Australia

TGS has completed the second phase of its Nerites 3D seismic survey in the Great Australian Bight offshore South Australia.

TEN on target for mid-2016 start-up offshore Ghana

Tullow Oil says its three-field TEN development project offshore Ghana is around 65% complete and on schedule for first oil in mid-2016.

UK regulator awards 41 new offshore exploration licenses

The UK’s Oil and Gas Authority has announced the remaining winners from the 28th Offshore Licensing Round.

WGP wraps up latest Norway reservoir monitoring campaign

WGP Group has completed spring 2015 permanent reservoir monitoring operations on the Statoil-operated Snorre and Grane fields in the North Sea.

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