PGS begins GoM 3D survey

Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) is acquiring a new multi-client 3D seismic survey in DeSoto Canyon in the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore staff

OSLO -- Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) is acquiring a new multi-client 3D seismic survey in DeSoto Canyon in the Gulf of Mexico.

Covering approximately 250 deepwater OCS blocks, the new program "Discovery" focuses on a relatively underexplored area recently opened for leasing in the Central and Eastern GoM planning areas.

PGS will be acquiring the 5,828-sq km (2,249-sq mi) survey using its new GeoStreamer technology. This will be the industry's first 3D implementation of GeoStreamer yielding higher fidelity data.

ThePGS Atlantic Explorer will begin the first phase of data acquisition in December 2008 and acquisition of the entire 250 block project will be completed in approximately nine months, the company says.

BP America Inc. will be an underwriter for the survey and collaborate technically on the project, focusing on extracting the maximum technical benefit that the GeoStreamer delivers.

"The GeoStreamer is the result of several years of research and development in PGS," says Magne Reiersgard, PGS' president for the North and South America region. "It combines two different sensors yielding enhanced resolution and better penetration as well as improved efficiency due to deeper tow. The GeoStreamer is particularly well suited to solve the exploration challenges in an area like DeSoto Canyon."

The company expects data to be available for the March 2010 lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico.

11/07/2008

More in Geosciences