MicroSeismic also said its board elected William B. (Bill) Barker as vice president of analysis, and Eric Bourdages as vice president of operations.

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The move followed the federal government’s decision to remove the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Planning Areas of the Atlantic Ocean from the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

The first 3-D seismic survey ever shot offshore Newfoundland and Labrador has delineated a new Lower Tertiary play.

Houston-based Geokinetics Inc. will acquire the intellectual property and legacy assets of Geotrace Technologies, a provider of seismic imaging and reservoir analysis services, according to a news release.

The area where the workers were kidnapped is close to South Waziristan, part of the lawless Federally Administered Tribal Areas bordering Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

The two neighboring countries have already signed a deal to exchange older seismic data from the border zone, Reuters said.

Targeting the Cuba Economic Zone of the Gulf of Mexico, the project comprises 25,000 km of 2-D long-offset, high resolution, broadband seismic and gravity data.

Tonalli will formally assume operatorship of the Tecolutla Block from Pemex on Nov. 23.

The project is due to commence in first-quarter 2017 and will run for about six weeks.

The waters off Somalia, best known for years of piracy, may harbor hydrocarbons at a depth where crude is usually found, seismic services company Spectrum said last week based on its research. This is unlike the seas farther south along the African coastline where gas is abundant.

The laboratory is also the first Schlumberger laboratory outside of the U.S. to offer the company's FIS fluid inclusion stratigraphy analysis, which evaluates abundance, distribution and composition of hydrocarbon and nonhydrocarbon species trapped in inclusions in cuttings or core samples.

TGS will undertake this alongside PGS and in cooperation with GeoPartners. Acquisition of this first phase of the NWAAM expansion will commence in November 2016.