From the end of this month, first batches of data should be available from the 9,800-km (6,089-mi) long-offset, broadband 2D multi-client survey over the prospective Gabon South basin.
This should give oil companies sufficient time, CGG said, to analyze offshore petroleum systems and appraise blocks offered under Gabon’s 12th offshore licensing round, due to be staged this September.
The new data set will help define the extent of existing and new plays and assist understanding of thickness variations in the sediment overburden for source rock and maturity analysis.
Broad bandwidth data should also provide deep imaging penetration with low frequencies for defining the nature of the crust.
CGG will use results from the program to expand and update its Gabon South Basin JumpStart integrated geoscience offering.
CEO Sophie Zurquiyah said: “The vast offshore acreage of Gabon includes unexplored areas with good potential for a hydrocarbon system. However, there is often not enough high-quality geological and geophysical data to effectively reduce the exploration risks.
“This new 2D survey, which received significant industry pre-funding, puts the right data in the hands of our clients at the right time…It also extends CGG’s data coverage from our recent 3D survey further inshore, which led to two successful discovery wells.”