GeoCeltic starts deepwater Black Sea survey

Petrom has started what it claims is the largest seismic program ever undertaken in Romania, over the deepwater Neptun block in the Black Sea.

Offshore staff

BUCHAREST -- Petrom has started what it claims is the largest seismic program ever undertaken in Romania, over the deepwater Neptun block in the Black Sea.

Survey work is being performed by the Fugro Geoteam-operated GeoCeltic, one of the world’s largest 3D seismic acquisition vessels, with a length of 100 m (328 ft) and a width of 28 m (91.9 ft). The ship arrived in Constanta harbor in southeast Romania on Aug. 4.

Initial work will include compilation of 3D data over an area of around 3,000 sq km (1,158 sq mi), with the program expected to take around 90 days. The work is being performed on behalf of Petrom and its co-venturer ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania.

Exploration in the Romanian offshore sector started in near-shore areas in 1969, with first production in 1986. Petrom currently operates two offshore blocks, Istria XVIII and Neptun XIX, and four producing offshore fields, with a fifth – Delta – under development. The country’s current offshore production is around 31,000 boe/d.

08/11/2009

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