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Production stimulation measures under review for North Sea Breagh gas field

Production has been shut down at the Breagh facilities in the UK southern North Sea to remove fouling within the slug catchers and to replace level control instrumentation.

Providence to step up exploration of deepwater offshore southwest Ireland

Providence Resources has updated its licensing option 11/11 (Newgrange), which it operates in partnership with Sosina Exploration.

dGB to collaborate with OMV and Joanneum Research

dGB Earth Sciences has agreed with the Austrian-based research institute, Joanneum Research, and Austrian oil and gas company OMV Aktiengesellschaft, to extend both the capabilities and utilization of dGB’s OpendTect software.

AAPG 2014: Croatia has first offshore leasing round in progress

The Croatian Hydrocarbons Agency is using the Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention & Exhibition to call attention to the first offshore licence round for the country.

EMGS seismic vessels at work offshore Norway, GoM

EMGS has provided an update on the activities of its seismic vessel fleet.

ION to perform multi-client seismic surveys offshore Ireland, Peru

ION Geophysical Corporation is collaborating with Polarcus to acquire a new 4,000-sq km (1,544-sq mi) 3D multi-client seismic survey in the deepwater Southern Porcupine basin offshore southwest Ireland.

Fugro assigned northern Norway seafloor survey

The Norwegian Hydrographic Service (NHS) has awarded Fugro OSAE a $4.95-million hydrographic survey contract.

EV opens world’s first downhole video technology center

Downhole video technology specialist EV has opened a new technology center to house its research and development, and the company is expected to invest nearly £2 million ($3.3 million) in the center over the next year.

Schlumberger acquires Rock Deformation Research

Schlumberger has acquired Rock Deformation Research Ltd. (RDR), a UK-based company specializing in geological software development and structural geology consultancy for the oil and gas industry.

Dolphin mobilizes new high-capacity seismic vessel M/V Sanco Sword

Dolphin Group ASA has taken delivery of the newbuild seismic vessel M/V Sanco Sword, on an initial five-year time-charter agreement with the Norwegian vessel owner Sanco Shipping AS.

Dolphin wins 3D seismic contracts

Dolphin Group ASA has received 3D seismic contracts for undisclosed clients in South America and northwest Europe. The surveys will be acquired during 3Q and 4Q 2014.

SeaBird Exploration vessels receive exploration survey contracts

SeaBird Exploration Plc says that the Harrier Explorer has been awarded a two-month extension to its current contract in the North Sea. The Aquila Explorer has been awarded a survey off the North West shelf of Australia, and two surveys in New Zealand.

WesternGeco and PGS win contracts for offshore seismic acquisition in southeastern Barents Sea

WesternGeco and PGS have won contracts from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for seismic acquisition in the southeastern Barents Sea, covering blocks proposed for the 23rd concession round.

TGS to partner with WGP Survey for 3D survey in Barents Sea

TGS has signed a contract with WGP Survey Ltd. to partner on a 3D multi-client project in the Barents Sea during the 2014 summer season.

Petrel receives frontier exploration licenses in Porcupine basin

Ireland’s Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has granted Petrel Resources plc an award of frontier exploration licenses 3/14 and 4/14 in the Irish Atlantic’s Porcupine basin.

Lloyd’s Register Consulting to provide risk analyses for Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions has contracted Lloyd’s Register Consulting to provide a suite of risk analyses for at the Johan Sverdrup field on the Norwegian continental shelf.

OMV Norge to collaborate with RSI on R&D

OMV Norge AS and Rock Solid Images (RSI) have entered an initial one-year R&D/service agreement to integrate geophysics, rock physics, and geology for improved quantitative interpretation in exploration.

Sterling aims to bring in partner offshore Romania

Sterling Energy has agreed to license extensions for the Midia Shallow and Pelican blocks in the Romanian sector of the Black Sea.

Barents seismic program adds new participants

A joint industry project to acquire seismic data in the southeastern Barens Sea has added 16 new participants, said Statoil.

Croatia nears first offshore licensing round

Croatia is on schedule to offer its first offshore licensing round this April.

Offshore Ireland 3D seismic survey to cover frontier Drombeg prospect

Polarcus will acquire a 3D seismic survey offshore southwest Ireland this summer for Providence Resources.

Eni makes new oil discovery offshore Congo

Eni has made a new exploration discovery in the Marine XII block located 17 km (11 mi) offshore Congo.

EMGS set for 3D seismic surveys offshore Norway

Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) says it has funding for about four months of 3D electromagnetic survey services offshore Norway.

TGS charters WesternGeco vessel for seismic surveys offshore Europe

TGS has signed a letter of award with WesternGeco to charter the 12-streamer vessel M/V Geco Eagle for 3D projects offshore northwest Europe.

CNOOC to lead offshore Iceland license group

Orkustofnun, Iceland’s National Energy Authority, has granted its third license in the offshore Dreki area.