Despite ongoing turbulence in global politics and in the oil market, November has been a fairly encouraging month for the industry’s megaprojects. Most notably, commercial production began – or rather re-commenced – at the offshore Kashagan field in Kazakhstani waters of the northern Caspian. Output at the field, estimated to hold up to 13 billion-barrels of recoverable oil, rose above 75,000 barrels per day on November 1, Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev announced later in the month. The project has seen a slow return to life ever since a crack in a pipeline halted production in October 2013 – a direct result of the high levels of wet hydrogen sulphide gas present in the oil. With production first restarted in September 2016 the field is now on track to produce around 8.4 million barrels this year, and according to Bozumbayev will rise to somewhere between 30 million and 60 million barrels over the course of 2017. Despite its delays, the development remains an impressive technical feat. Similarly, Eni approved US$8-billion plans for its first phase of development at the Coral gas field offshore Mozambique. The Coral South project will see six subsea wells connected to a floating LNG (FLNG) facility capable of producing 3.3 million tonnes of LNG per year. It also sends a strong signal that this combination of technologies – still in their relative infancy – increasingly resembles the future of offshore gas production. A final investment decision for the project is expected by the end of the year. Returning to somewhat smaller (although nonetheless revolutionary) innovations, this month we examine some of the latest technology and goings-on in the world of seismic and geophysics. Inside, we speak with researchers at the University of Glasgow who have developed wee-g – a gravimeter which they hope to make small and light enough to be mounted on a drone. We also take a look at the companies and projects aiming to make seismic more environmentally sound. In addition, this month also features a closer look at the PETGAS JIP – a project aimed at improving the characterisation of tight gas sands – and the current work of the Advanced Energy Consortium, which is redeploying medical technologies for oil and gas, creating “smart particles” and an MRI-like reservoir scanner in the process. All this, plus a cohort of autonomous ships, resilient marine coatings, electrifying catalysts and better marine batteries. We are pleased to present the December issue of InnovOil.