Neptune Energy pre-funded the program, which WesternGeco conducted using third-party vessels under a contract with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corp.
This was Egypt’s first ever OBN survey, Neptune said, and was designed to address the need for improved imaging of complex salt geometries in the Gulf of Suez.
According to the company, it was also the most detailed survey of the block since seismic was first acquired in 1988, and the results will assist planning for potential exploratory wells in the future.
The 365-sq km (141-sq mi) North West El Amal offshore concession is around 42 km (26.1 mi) south of Ras Gharib and 105 km (65 mi) north of Hurghada. Neptune was awarded the exploration license in February 2019, with a commitment to acquire 100 sq km (38.6 sq mi) of new 3D seismic data.
WesternGeco’s campaign involved placing large numbers of autonomous sensors on the seabed to acquire seismic data, then retrieving them for analysis. The process is less sensitive to weather conditions that can impact traditional seismic survey vessels.