Calima spuds three-well drilling campaign in British Columbia

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ASX-listed Calima Energy has spud of the first well of a three well programme to test the prospectivity of the Montney Formation in the company’s 72,000 acre lease holdings in British Columbia, Canada. The Calima-1 vertical well, Calima Tommy A-54-C/94-G-09, is planned to be drilled to a total depth of 1,860m. Calima said core data will be collected over a substantial section of the Montney interval followed by the acquisition of a full suite of wireline logs. The wireline data will be used to confirm the depth of the two horizontal wells which will be drilled immediately after completion of…

Mount Barker “big winner” from AER approval of new $33 million natural gas pipeline

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The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has given its approval to a proposed extension of Australian Gas Networks’ (AGN) South Australian natural gas network to Mount Barker. The approval, granted in late December, is for a new 40km, $33 million natural gas pipeline extending the existing natural gas network from Murray Bridge, through Monarto South and Kanmantoo, to the Mount Barker region. Welcoming the AER final approval, AGN Chief Customer Officer, Mr Andrew Staniford, said the company was able to move ahead with finalising specific technical details and to once again engage with affected landholders along the proposed pipeline route. The…

Bass Oil backs out of Indonesian deal

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Australian-based Indonesian oil producer, Bass Oil has decided to withdraw from the acquisition of a 100% participating interest in the North Madura Production Sharing Contract (PSC) (Java) from AziPac Limited. Bass Oil announced that finalisation of the acquisition was subject to the execution of a detailed sale and purchase agreement and Bass being satisfied with the results of its due diligence enquiries on the two AziPac subsidiaries – which were to be acquired by Bass to effect the transaction. “As neither of these conditions have been met, Bass has elected to withdraw from the transaction, which it is entitled to…

Obituary – Peter Marriott Barber PhD

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Dr Peter Barber, a well-known petroleum geologist and sequence stratigrapher, died peacefully in Murdoch Hospice on 13th December 2018. He was 68 years old. Peter Barber was born in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England on 21st June 1950. He grew up with his younger brothers Martin and Jerry in Dartford, Kent. Peter was four years old before his parents realised that he was profoundly deaf. Despite this handicap and with the help of a hearing aid, Peter did very well at school and gained admission the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He graduated in 1972 with a BSc (Honours) degree in Geology. Peter’s…

Sercel Awarded Contract for 100,000-Channel 508XT Land Seismic Acquisition System

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CGG announces that Sercel has been awarded a contract by a major data acquisition company to supply land seismic equipment for a large onshore 3D seismic survey in the Middle East. The contract includes 100,000 Sercel 508XT channels equipped with strings of 12 SG-10 geophones. This large-scale 3D project encompasses several diverse environments, including areas with limited access, such as industrial complexes, agricultural land and urban areas. The 508XT system is an ideal choice for these challenging conditions: its unique fault-tolerant cross-technology (X-Tech®) architecture, including local storage and automatic data rerouting, simplifies field operations and enables continuous acquisition. Designed for…

Northern Gas Pipeline to boost east coast gas supply

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Australia’s natural gas producers welcomed the opening of the Northern Gas Pipeline between Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory and Mt Isa in Queensland. APPEA Chief Executive Dr Malcolm Roberts said the pipeline, built by Jemena, means northern Australia’s abundant gas resources will for the first time be able to be delivered to the gas markets of eastern Australia. “The new pipeline is another example of the measures the broader gas industry is taking to meet the needs of Australia’s homes and businesses which rely on sustained natural gas supply,” Dr Roberts said. “The pipeline connection between the Territory and…

DUG welcomes Michael Lambert as Manager for new McCloud services

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DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) has announced the appointment of Michael (Mick) Lambert as Manager for for the new DUG McCloud services business. A veteran of the seismic industry, Mick has spent the last 8 years with Wireless Seismic Inc. most recently as the company’s President and CEO. Mick is probably best known for the 16 years he spent with GX Technology (GXT), serving as President and CEO from 1997 until 2004 and then as President until 2006, after the company was acquired by Input/Output (now Ion). Mick established GXT as a powerhouse in pre-stack depth imaging during the early 2,000s and…

Sercel sells a 100,000 channel 508XT land seismic acquisition system to BGP

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Sercel has been awarded a contract by BGP to supply land seismic equipment for a large onshore 3D seismic survey in the Middle East. The contract includes 100,000 Sercel 508XT channels equipped with strings of 12 SG-10 geophones. Sercel said in a media release that “this large-scale 3D project encompasses several diverse environments, including areas with limited access, such as industrial complexes, agricultural land and urban areas. The 508XT system is an ideal choice for these challenging conditions: its unique fault-tolerant cross-technology (X-Tech®) architecture, including local storage and automatic data rerouting, simplifies field operations and enables continuous acquisition.” Designed for…

Quadrant Energy applies for Bedout seismic permit

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Quadrant Energy has applied to NOPSEMA to conduct a seismic survey in the Bedout sub-basin offshore Australia. Quadrant Energy, which was recently acquired by Santos, is eager to acquire additional subsurface data for further appraisal of identified hydrocarbons in several reservoirs within the Bedout sub-basin. NOPSEMA said the proposed Keraudren seismic survey would be conducted approximately 118km off Port Hedland in water depths of 50m to 150m. The survey is in permits WA-435-P, WA-436-P, WA-437-P and WA-438-P and covers a total area of 5,539 km2, including vessel ramp up zones. Under the proposal an additional operational area provides for a…

Polarcus and PGS set for court stoush over patent claim

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Polarcus has accepted service of court proceedings filed by PGS Australia Pty Ltd relating to the acquisition of seismic data on three surveys in Australia and the processing of that data. Polarcus said proceedings had followed three years of intermittent correspondence from PGS “in response to which Polarcus, supported by leading patent counsel, provided overwhelming evidence that Polarcus’ activity did not intersect PGS’ patent. “The claim will be vigorously contested and has no impact on any project outside Australia,” Polarcus added. PGS’ principal claim under its patent was previously held to be unpatentable by the United States Patent and Trademark…

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