West Sicily thrust belt 3D acquisition under way

Northern Petroleum has begun a two-month, 1,520 sq km (587 sq mi) 3D seismic survey in the West Sicily thrust belt covering licenses G.R17.NP, G.R20.NP, G.R21.NP, and G.R22.NP.

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LONDON -- Northern Petroleum has begun a two-month, 1,520 sq km (587 sq mi) 3D seismic survey in the West Sicily thrust belt covering licenses G.R17.NP, G.R20.NP, G.R21.NP, and G.R22.NP. The company has contracted Petroleum Geo-Services Asia Pacific-Pte to conduct the program using the M/V Atlantic Explorer.

The survey is part of work funded by Shell Italia E&P (Shell) in a farm-in arrangement. The objective is to obtain a better quality, and more complete, definition of the structures identified by two previous 2D seismic campaigns.

“The West Sicily Thrust Belt is part of the major thrust system incorporating large oil fields in the Southern Apennines and continues into Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Northern considers it prospective for both oil and gas,” says Derek Musgrove, MD of Northern Petroleum. “This survey will be processed and interpretation undertaken to enable prospects to be defined for a drilling decision later this year.”

01/14/2010

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