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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.


UK’s North Sea Faces Rig Shortage

The government is putting together an action plan to solve a rig shortage crisis in the North Sea, but experts claim that no new rigs are available for hire until the end of 2007, the Sunday Herald reported. Surging demand for equipment is caused by the high oil price, which has made previously abandoned discoveries economically viable again. The shortage of exploring rigs has forced the industry and the Department of Trade and Industry to come up with a plan, yet to be published


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


Catcher Update by Cairn

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  Cairn is pleased to announce that it has entered into a farm out agreement for the sale of a 10% interest in the Catcher development and adjacent acreage in the UK North Sea.  With effect from 1 January 2014 Dyas UK Limited (Dyas) shall acquire 10% in each of the following UK


Statoil: Gas discovery in Pingvin

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Operator Statoil has together with PL713 partners made a gas discovery in the Pingvin prospect in the Barents Sea. The discovery is a play opener in a frontier unexplored area of the Barents Sea northwest of Johan Castberg. The discovery well 7319/12-1


San Leon Finds Oil in Poland Well

  San Leon Energy, the AIM listed company focused on oil and gas exploration in Europe and North Africa, announces that it is spudding the Kety exploration well today, which is the first well of a three-well planned programme in the Karpaty area and Permian Basin in Poland.


Ivory Coast to File Legal Complaint over Ghana Border Row

Ivory Coast to file legal complaint over Ghana border row

  Ivory Coast said on Friday it would file a complaint with an international jurisdiction after Ghana took legal action to resolve a dispute over the two nations' maritime border in an area rich in hydrocarbons. British firm Tullow Oil has licences in Ghanaian waters near to the boundary


Saudi Aramco CEO Points to Energy Future

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Speaking at this year’s Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) Conference and Exhibition, Khalid A. Al-Falih, Saudi Aramco president and CEO, addressed the challenges facing the industry and gave insights into Saudi Aramco’s strategy for turning these into opportunities


Environmental Challenge Halts Statoil Arctic Oil Well

Norwegian oil company Statoil has had to stop drilling at the Arctic Pingvin prospect because of an appeal against its environmental permit, North Energy, a partner in the project, said on Friday. "The top hole on Pingvin has been drilled," North Energy said in a statement


First OSV to Have Rolls-Royce 'Unified Bridge'

OSV Stril Luna: Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce inform that Norwegian ship owner Simon Møkster Shipping has received its new offshore vessel, 'Stril Luna', from Gondan shipyard in Spain. 'Stril Luna' is the first vessel to enter operation with Rolls-Royce’s Unified Bridge and has now arrived in Norway to begin a long-


Offshore Oil Drilling Market to Suffer through 2015

Photo: Seadrill

A sluggish offshore drilling market could deteriorate further next year due to weak demand and a flood of new vessels, even though a few places such as Mexico and Brazil remain promising for exploration, industry executives said on Wednesday.


Update: SS Central America Salvage

Coins recovered from the shipwreck of SS Central America (Photo: Odyssey Marine Exploration)

Odyssey Marine Exploration completes current phase of SS Central America recovery; 15,500+ gold and silver coins, 45 gold bars recovered to date; 161,000-square meter, high-resolution visual site survey complete Deep-ocean exploration company Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc


Statoil: COSL Pioneer Temporarily Suspended

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Due to overcapacity in their rig portfolio, Statoil will lay up the COSL Pioneer rig in the fourth quarter of 2014. The rig is currently carrying out an assignment on the Visund field and is scheduled to complete this work at the end of September.


Russia: Exxon Still Drilling in its Arctic

ExxonMobil is still drilling in the Russian Arctic, a Russian minister said on Friday, in move that if confirmed will anger Washington after the U.S. administration slapped sanctions on Moscow to suspend such operations by Western oil majors.


Colombia's Ecopetrol Sees Recovery in 2015

  Colombia's top energy company Ecopetrol is targeting production of 1 million barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2015, a steep recovery over this year, clouded by rebel attacks on infrastructure and exploration failures. Ecopetrol chief financial officer Magda Manosalva told a


Rosneft says Exxon Still Continues to Work With it in Arctic

Russia's biggest oil producer Rosneft said on Saturday that Exxon Mobil was still continuing exploration drilling at their joint project in the Arctic Kara Sea. "The work on the University well is continuing according to plan. We are satisfied with the decision of the U.S


Salamander to Start Drilling in G4/50, Gulf of Thailand

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  Salamander announces that its Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) for exploration drilling in the G4/50 licence, Greater Bualuang area, Gulf of Thailand, has been granted conditional approval. Of  the 20 drilling locations in the original EIA


EMGS Reports Multi-client Sales

CEO Roar Bekker

  Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has signed a data licensing agreement with a customer worth USD 3.5 million for the provision of 3D EM data from EMGS's multi-client data library in the Barents Sea.   "It satisfying to note that our multi-client library continue to






 
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