Surveys aid Falklands well planning

FOGL and operator BHP Billiton have completed a series of site surveys on their license areas south and east of the Falkland Islands.

Offshore staff

PORT STANLEY, Falkland Islands -- FOGL and operator BHP Billiton have completed a series of site surveys on their license areas south and east of the Falkland Islands. The MV Fugro Meridian conducted the surveys in four areas selected jointly by two partners.

The vessel, operated by Fugro Surveys, acquired high resolution 2D seismic to assess drilling hazards in the first few hundreds of meters of sediment below the seabed. It also performed bathymetric and seabed imaging surveys to generate a detailed picture of the seafloor.

This data will be used to assess seabed stability, determine sites for rig anchors, and to provide a picture of probable seafloor habitats. In addition, numerous gravity cores and grab samples of the seafloor were recovered to calibrate the imaging and to provide accurate data on local fauna for use in an environmental impact assessment.

In parallel, theMV Fugro Saltire undertook a geotechnical boring program in the subsurface sediment to assist in detailed design of conductors and casings for future wells. These designs will also form part of the regulatory approval.

3/4/2009

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