An administrative snafu has caused the US Minerals Management Service (MMS) to withdraw a contract awarded last month to TGS NOPEC unit A2D Technologies. A2D was granted a five-year contract to manage the technical and logistical aspects of the MMS’ mandate to collect and distribute well log data over the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). In a surprise reversal of this decision, the MMS notified A2D earlier this month that it was withdrawing its earlier award of the well data processing contract. The withdrawal is due to a ‘misinterpretation’ by the MMS of an internal report. MMS procedures now require that all proposals be re-evaluated as previously submitted in their final form. No indication of how long the re-evaluation might take was given.
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