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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. "Franklin's ships are an important part of Canadian history given that his expedition, which took place nearly 170 years ago, laid the foundations of Canada's Arctic sovereignty," said Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. Also commenting on the finding, Queen Elizabeth wrote, “I was greatly interested to learn of the discovery of one of the long-lost ships of Captain Sir John Franklin. Prince Philip joins me in sending congratulations and good wishes to all those who played a part in this historic achievement.” On his fourth Arctic expedition, Royal Navy officer and explorer Franklin departed England in 1845 with his crew to explore the last unnavigated sections of the Northwest Passage when the expedition’s two ships became icebound in Victoria Strait near King William Island, killing all 128 men aboard. Several artifacts from the expedition have been found over the years, but until this latest discovery there has been no sign of either vessel.


OilCareers.com 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 OilCareers.com, 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


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


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.


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


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


Divorce Costs Could Sour Scotland's North Sea Hopes

By Karolin Schaps, Reuters Scottish nationalists are betting $2.5 trillion of hydrocarbons trapped miles beneath the North Sea could bankroll an independent Scotland, but winning control of the European Union's largest oil reserves would be no blank cheque. Scotland says the bulk of Britain's North Sea oil and gas reserves are in its waters, while London says any division would be subject to negotiations should Scots vote to end their 307-year-old union with England in a referendum on


Total Delays Bulgaria Exploration, Cites Oil Price

Drilling for oil and gas at an exploration block off Bulgaria's Black Sea coast will be delayed by at least six months until early 2016 following the fall in global oil prices, French oil firm Total said. Total, operator of the offshore 1-21 Han Asparuh block


Rosneft Achieve Commercial Production in Irkutsk Region Blocks

Rosneft acquired commercial inflows of hydrocarbons on the licensed blocks of Irkutsk Region

  Commercial inflows of oil, gas and condensate have been acquired in four exploration wells on Rosneft’s licensed blocks, which were handed over to Verkhnechonskneftegaz for operational activities on geologic survey, exploration and production of hydrocarbon crude


EU Bans Crimea Investment, Targets Oil, Cruise Sectors

Measures take effect on Saturday; aim is to keep pressure on Russia over Ukraine. The European Union banned investment in Crimea on Thursday, halting European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and outlawing European cruise ships from calling at Crimean ports.


Reports on Rosneft Arctic Projects

Artur Chilingarov

On December 18, Member of Rosneft Board of Directors, special representative of President of the Russian Federation on international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic Artur Chilingarov made a report "Russia and Norway: Prospects for Cooperation in the Arctic" at the Fridtjof


Sapurakencana Wins 3 Petronas Oil blocks

SapuraKencana will acquire Petronas’ interests of 50% of Block 0197 & 0297 (Cuu Long Basin), 40% of Block 10&11.1 (Nam Con Son Basin) and 36.85% of Block 46-Cai Nuoc (Malay-Tho Chu Basin

  SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad today announced that it has entered into Sale and Purchase Agreements to acquire the entire interest of PETRONAS in 3 blocks offshore south Vietnam (Blocks 01/97 & 02/97, Blocks 10&11.1, Block 46-CN) for a total purchase price of US$400 million


EMGS Reports Multi-client Sales

New multiclient data Barents Sea sales for EMGS

  Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has entered into a data licensing agreement with an international oil company worth USD 8 million for the provision of 3D EM data from EMGS's multi-client data library in the Barents Sea. "This sale confirms the increased recognition of the


An Open Arctic and its Impact on Oil Drilling

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William Cho, Head of MatthewsDaniel Weather, a division of the Bureau Veritas Group, explains why improvements in drilling technologies and weather monitoring systems have made offshore shelf drilling operations in the Arctic Circle increasingly attractive to upstream oil and gas companies and


Schlumberger Cuts Seismic Fleet to Lower Costs

Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said it was reducing the size of its marine seismic fleet to lower costs as it expects customers to cut exploration spending. Schlumberger said it would take a charge of $800 million to write down the value of six vessels and other


Petrobras Makes Discovery in Colombian Caribbean Waters

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  The Petrobras Orca–1 exploratory well (Tayrona Block) has revealed a natural gas accumulation in Colombian Caribbean deep waters, 40 km off the coast of La Guajira. This is the first discovery in the history of the deep water exploration of this region of the Caribbean.


Update on Timing of Wressle-1 Well Testing

  Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc, the AIM quoted oil and gas exploration and development company with a combination of producing and exploration assets in Europe informed about Egdon Resources' timing of operations to test potential hydrocarbon bearing zones in three separate reservoir


Turkish PM Calls for Deal with Greek Cypriots Over Energy Deposits

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

  Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Friday for an agreement over exploiting hydrocarbon deposits in the eastern Mediterranean, an issue that caused the breakdown of peace talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots in October.


Egdon to Drill Kelsey-1

North Kelsey-1 exploration well in Lincolnshire licence PEDL241

Egdon Resources plc has received consent of the Planning and Regulation Committee during the Meeting of Lincolnshire County Council yesterday. The planning consent was granted for the drilling and any subsequent testing of the North Kelsey-1 exploration well in Lincolnshire licence PEDL241.


RWE Dea to Expand in Egypt

RWE Dea doubled its oil and gas production in Egypt

  RWE Dea doubled its oil and gas production in Egypt and drawn up expansion plans. North Africa is a strategic core region for Dea. The company is one of the leading foreign investors in Egypt and produces oil and gas in the country for 30 years by now


Eni Performs Production Test in Offshore Congo

Photo: Eni

Italian oil and gas group Eni estimated the potential of the Minsala Marine discovery offshore Congo Brazzaville at about 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent, after successfully completing the production test of an exploration well.  


DONG Energy Appoints CEO for E&P

Soren Gath Hansen

  Søren Gath Hansen will step down as Group Executive Vice President and CEO for E&P. His successor is David B. Cook who comes from a position as Executive Officer and Head of Oil & Gas at the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, TAQA






 
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