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First Deep Sea Exploration of the Perth Canyon Begins Today

      The RV Falkor (Photo courtesy of the Schmidt Ocean Institute)

  The first deep-sea exploration of the Perth Canyon, Australia's largest undersea valley, will launch today, is reporting. The 12-day expedition is backed by Google billionaire Eric Schmidt and will study the conditions and marine life inside the canyon, which researchers hope will provide new information about the effects of climate change.   A team of researchers from the University of Western Australia led by Professor Malcolm McCulloch will collaborate with researchers from the Western Australia Museum, CSIRO, and the Institute of Marine Sciences in Italy to survey and sample the canyon, which is up to four kilometers (about 2.5 miles) deep and as wide as the Grand Canyon.   The team will use ROVs to identify and gather deep-sea corral, which can live for hundreds of years, to understand how carbon dioxide levels in the ocean have changed over time.   The team will conduct their research aboard the RV Falkor, a research vessel owned by the Schmidt Ocean Institute. The vessel recently explored the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on the globe.    The Perth Canyon is only 60 km (37.2 miles) off the coast of Perth, Western Australia's largest city.   "People have fished it, but no one's actually gone down and had a look at it," Professor McCulloch told Australia's ABC News. "It's so close to Perth, I don't understand why people haven't done it sooner

Arctic Wreck Found after 169 Years

Photo: Parks Canada

After more than 169 years, Canadian researchers discovered one of the two ships from the doomed Arctic expedition of Sir John Franklin, cracking one of the largest mysteries in sea exploration. The wreck was found some 11 meters below the surface using a ROV recently acquired by Parks Canada. It is unknown whether the ship is HMS Erebus or HMS Terror, though researches expect to determine its identity within several days.

Greenpeace In Legal Battle With U.K. Over Oil Exploration

Environmentalist group Greenpeace reportedly took the UK government to court over what it sees as Britain's failure to protect coral beds, whales, dolphins and other marine life from the effects of oil and gas exploration. Greenpeace officials said the government has failed to apply the European Union Habitats Directive to oil and gas exploration in the relatively deep waters of the Atlantic Frontier, where oil companies believe large new oil reserves are waiting to be tapped.

Oil Discovery Close to Vigdis Field

StatoilHydro has struck oil during the drilling of an exploration well and a sidetrack north of the Vigdis East field in the North Sea. The proven recoverable resources are estimated at about 25 million barrels of oil. The well confirmed the existence of a 280-metre oil column in rocks with good reservoir properties. "Our exploration activities close to fields on stream are successful and the discovery again confirms that there is still a great potential in this part of the North

Deep-Sea Robot Lost at Sea

Photo courtesy Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A deep-sea exploration robot — one of the first successful submersible vehicles that was both unmanned and untethered to surface ships — was lost at sea Friday, March 5, on a research expedition off the coast of Chile. The 15-year-old Autonomous Benthic Explorer, affectionately nicknamed ABE, was launched late on the night of Thursday, March 4, and had reached the seafloor to begin its 222nd research dive when, in the early hours of Friday morning Joins Forces With Air Energi To Announce Latest Oil & Gas Workforce Survey

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Joint report anticipates a continual rise in recruitment with a steeper salary hike in the first half of 2011 March 14, 2011: Salaries in the global oil and gas industry are to increase throughout 2011 according to a joint report from, the international job board for the oil and gas industry, in association with partner Air Energi, a global provider of manpower solutions to the energy sector. Focusing on employment and salary trends in the energy sector throughout 2011 the

Statoil Gets Norwegian Continental Shelf Licenses

Statoil has been awarded shares in eight exploration licenses on the Norwegian continental shelf. The company is operator on six of them. The award, which comprises 38 production licenses, is split between 25 for the North Sea, ten for the Norwegian Sea and three for the Barents Sea. Statoil has been awarded shares in six North Sea licenses and two Norwegian Sea licenses. The company did not apply for shares in the Barents Sea this time

BOEMRE Approves GOM Deepwater Exploration Plan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced the approval of a deepwater Gulf of Mexico Exploration Plan (EP) following the completion of a site-specific Environmental Assessment (SEA) for deepwater oil and gas exploration.   Shell Offshore, Inc.’s Supplemental EP includes five proposed exploratory wells in approximately 7,160 to 7,259 feet water depth, as well as three previously approved wells approximately 72 miles offshore Louisiana.

CNOOC Signs PSC with Primeline

CNOOC Limited (NYSE: CEO, SEHK: 00883) announced that its parent company, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has signed a production sharing contract (PSC) with Primeline Energy China Limited (PECL) and Primeline Petroleum Corporation (PPC) (jointly as "Primeline") for Block 33/07 in the East China Sea. Block 33/07 is located about 390 kilometers of Shanghai in the East China Sea. It covers a total area of 5877 square kilometers, with water depth of 90 meters.

South China Sea Energy Exploration by Chevron

Chevron Corporation's China subsidiary signs production sharing contracts for exploration blocks in the Pearl River Estuary, South China Sea. Chevron's agreement is with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). Under the PSC agreements, Chevron China Energy Company will hold a 100 percent interest in blocks 15/10 and 15/28 in the Pearl River Mouth Basin. During the exploration phase Chevron China Energy Company will be the operator of the two shallow water blocks

Shell Withdraws from Arctic Exploration

Fennica, an icebreaker vessel deployed by Shell in the Arctic (Photo: Arctia Shipping)

Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned its Arctic search for oil after failing to find enough crude in a move that will appease environmental campaigners and shareholders who said its project was too expensive and risky. Shell has spent about $7 billion on exploration in the waters off Alaska so far and

NOIA Commends Shell’s Efforts Offshore Alaska

Polar Pioneer rig operating into the floor of the Chukchi Sea

  National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement regarding Shell’s decision to halt exploration activities offshore Alaska:   “NOIA commends Shell’s efforts in the Chukchi Sea and recognizes the great expense

House Bill Introduced to Block Arctic Drilling

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Rep. Huffman introduces Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act; bill would prohibit oil and gas leasing in the Arctic Ocean   U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman (Dem.-Calif.) introduced a bill Monday called the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2015

Shell Starts Bonga Phase 3 in Nigeria

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Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo) announced the start-up of production from the Bonga Phase 3 project.   Bonga Phase 3 is an expansion of the Bonga Main development, with peak production expected to be some 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent, Shell said

Shell Arctic Drilling "Risky"

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 Former BP PLC Chief Executive John Browne said fellow FTSE 100 giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC is risking its long term reputation and finances by deciding to drill n the Arctic, the BBC reported.   But the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell says he decided to drill for oil off the coast of Alaska

Maersk Cuts Growth Forecast

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 Though the Danish conglomerate AP Møller-Maersk posted higher-than-expected earnings, it has cut its forecast for global trade growth and abandoned several medium-term profit forecasts, as per a report in FT.   Maersk overcame low oil prices and freight rates in its container

Programmed Multikopter Flies Autonomously Through Arctic

Alfred Wegener Institute programmed a Multikopter

  How do you get an aircraft in the far reaches of the Arctic Ocean to the goal, if the compass does not provide reliable location data? Engineers aboard the research icebreaker Polarstern of the Alfred Wegener Institute programmed a Multikopter so that he can navigate near the North Pole

US Gives Shell Final Nod to Drill for Oil in Arctic

Fennica (Photo: Arctia Shipping)

The Obama administration on Monday granted Royal Dutch Shell the final permit to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic for the first time since 2012, a move environmentalists vowed to fight.   The Interior Department gave Shell the final permit to drill into the oil zone in the Chukchi Sea

Ecopetrol, JX Nippon Team Up to Explore Brazil Offshore


  Ecopetrol reports it has established an Alliance with Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration through its affiliate in Brazil, Ecopetrol Óleo e Gás to explore the FZA-M-320 block, located in shallow waters of the Foz Amazonas basin on the equatorial margin of the

MN 100: Bordelon Marine

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The Company: Founded in 1979, Bordelon Marine is a leading provider of Marine Transportation services operating in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world. The company owns and operates a fleet of modern offshore supply vessels ranging in size and type from DP1 Mini-supply Vessels to MPSV 260 DP2

Obama Defends Arctic Oil Drilling

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 United States' President Barack Obama defends his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean.   He insisted that there was no contradiction between his climate change agenda and Arctic drilling.  

India's Oil Exploration near South China Sea Irks China

Photo by ONGC Videsh

 The state-run China Daily says that India's plans to conduct oil exploration off Vietnam coast in the South China Sea is "illegal and is an "unwise move" that may "sabotage" positive momentum in ties.   "India's intention to once again explore for oil in

Spectrum in Somalia Seismic Pact

Spectrum 2D Survey Offshore Somalia

  Spectrum ASA entered into a Multi-client master co-operation agreement with the federal government of Somalia during a signing ceremony on September 5th at the SYL Hotel, Mogadishu. The agreement allows Spectrum to acquire approximately 28

Canada Arctic Drilling Rules May Stifle Development

Canada's offshore Arctic drilling rules could "stifle" development since they do not provide incentives for companies to proceed with production after discovering oil, the government was told in a newly-released internal briefing note.  

Maersk Oil Orders FSO from MODEC

MODEC awarded contract to provide FSO for Maersk Oil's Culzean Field Maersk Oil North Sea UK limited has contracted MODEC, Inc. to supply a floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel for the Culzean development project in the U.K. Central North Sea.

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