TGS, PGS announce Jeanne d’Arc HD3D project offshore Newfoundland


ASKER — TGS and PGS announce the Jeanne d’Arc High Density 3D (HD3D) multi-client project offshore Newfoundland, East Canada.

The project will cover approximately 5,000 km2 and encompasses multiple exploration licenses, significant discovery licenses and sections of the open acreage included in the November 2019 bid round. PGS’ Ramform Atlas will perform the acquisition, utilizing their high-resolution Geostreamer technology. Acquisition has commenced and is expected to complete in late third-quarter 2019.

Kristian Johansen, CEO, TGS commented, “This survey will provide our clients with the first comprehensive, high resolution 3D dataset within the mature Jeanne d’Arc basin. This highly productive and prospective area has long been a priority to our customers and we are pleased to provide better data to support future drilling and license rounds.”

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ION expands 2D multi-client program offshore Newfoundland


HOUSTON — ION Geophysical Corporation has announced an expansion to the Company’s 2D multi-client program offshore Newfoundland, Canada. Due to continued client interest, the second phase of GrandSPAN has now more than doubled in size from last year’s expectation to nearly 11,000 km. The industry-supported program is designed to both augment the results from the initial phase of the program acquired in 2018 and combine the regional program with two other ION BasinSPAN programs on the eastern Canadian margin, creating a contiguous regional seismic data set in excess of 30,000 km offshore northeastern Canada. Acquisition began in June with initial deliverables becoming available starting July 2019 to be of value ahead of the upcoming lease rounds.

“The program is intended to further improve the understanding of hydrocarbon potential, extend known plays into new areas and de-risk new play types and exploration investments,” said Joe Gagliardi, senior V.P. of ION’s Ventures group. “With proven producing basins and under-explored proven basins, northeast Canada presents an attractive opportunity for near-field explorers to utilize existing infrastructure and technology in the area. The second phase of the program will tie at least 12 additional key wells, joining the 46 already incorporated into the program, to enable customers to correlate current producing discoveries to new exploration ideas.”

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OTC: Canadian officials tout massive potential

By Kurt Abraham, Editor-in-Chief, World Oil on 5/7/2019

HOUSTON — Don’t forget that Canada is a major source of oil and gas, and an extremely reliable place to do business was the message put forth at OTC on Monday by officials from several jurisdictions in the country. As noted by Douglas George, Acting Consul General in Dallas, Canada holds the third-largest oil reserves globally, is a major oil producer (171 Bbbl), and is the fourth-largest natural gas producer, behind Russia, the U.S. and Iran.

“Canada produced 4.2 MMbopd in 2018,” said George. “This growth is the result of long-term projects that are coming online.” He added that in Saskatchewan, light oil output was up 2% in January, compared to the level of a year earlier. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, he pointed out, has predicted further growth in Atlantic Canada oil production, as well, over the next five years.

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MCEDD 2019 paves the way to realizing a future of increasing demand

Gulf Quest LLC, a Gulf Energy Information and Quest Offshore JV, is hosting this year’s 16th annual Marine, Construction & Engineering Deepwater Development (MCEDD) conference on April 2–4, at London’s Novotel London West hotel. Once again, attendees can expect to hear about the latest advances in the engineering, development and production of oil and gas in deepwater and ultra-deepwater fields around the globe.

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Major storm shuts all of Eastern Canada’s crude oil production

By Sheela Tobben on 11/21/2018

NEW YORK (Bloomberg) — A huge low-pressure system that swept through Canada’s Atlantic seaboard last week shut all of the region’s oil production. Only one field has restarted service in the storm’s wake, while another is battling an oil leak.

Waters off the province of Newfoundland and Labrador host four producing fields — Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose and Hebron — which yielded over 150,000 bopd in September, according to the Offshore Petroleum Board. All four were shut ahead of the storm, operators said. Only Hebron has resumed operations, according to Lynn Evans, a spokeswoman for operator Exxon Mobil Canada.

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Noia accepting nominations for 2019 Industry Achievement Awards


WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Noia has informed its members, the oil & gas industry, and the public that nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Industry Achievement Awards. Nominations will remain open until 5 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2018, for both the Outstanding Contribution Award and the Rising Star Award.

The Outstanding Contribution Award recognizes exemplary contribution of an individual who, through the course of their work and personal life, has influenced the development of the offshore oil & gas industry. Individuals may be nominated by other industry members or individuals from the community at large. Criteria for nomination includes over 10 years industry experience, demonstrated leadership skills, advocacy on behalf of the industry, and giving back to the community. In honour of Noia’s 25th anniversary, the Outstanding Contribution Award was first presented in 2002 when 12 industry influencers were the inaugural recipients.

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TGS, PGS announce more 3D multi-client acquisition offshore East Canada



Ramform Sterling. Image: PGS.

ASKER — TGS and Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) announce that a second vessel, the Ramform Sterling, will be allocated to the 2018 East Canada acquisition program. This vessel will acquire a minimum 2,700 km2 of 3D seismic, including additional data within the 2017 Harbour Deep and Cape Broyle 3D survey outlines. Acquisition is expected to complete in third-quarter 2018.

Following this eighth consecutive season of data acquisition offshore East Canada, the jointly-owned library will have more than 175,000 km of 2D GeoStreamer data and approximately 40,000 km2 of 3D GeoStreamer data. An expansive well log library is also available in the region, along with advanced multi-client interpretation products that will improve play, trend and prospect delineation.

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