(Houston & Naersnes)- TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS) has announced that it will acquire a new multi-client 3D seismic survey in the Main Pass and Viosca Knoll areas of the GoM. The Norway-based geoscientific data provider has contracted Reservoir Exploration Technology (RXT) to perform the acquisition.
The area of interest is an 1,800 sq km region in water depths ranging from 10 to 400 m. RXT will survey the area via a Vector-Seis Ocean Bottom Cable recording system, while TGS Imaging will be employed to process the data with both pre-stack time and pre-stack depth migration algorithms.
This seismic survey in the Eastern Delta marks the first modern vintage, long offset (9,000 m) 3D data recorded in the area. The program will commence in January 2006 and is expected to last approximately eight months. It is supported by pre-funding from several oil companies.
Kim Abdallah, TGS vice president of new ventures in North and South America said, "TGS is pleased to be expanding its multi-client data inventory into this region of the GoM. The area has needed new data for some time now and the utilization of the RXT crew will allow us to span the gap between the shallow shelf production and the deepwater Mississippi Canyon area."