Eastern Canada heats up

The summer seismic season offshore Eastern Canada is shaping up to be a big one for TGS-Nopec Geophysical Company ASA.

The summer seismic season offshore Eastern Canada is shaping up to be a big one for TGS-Nopec Geophysical Company ASA. The company has announced plans to acquire 30,000 km of multi-client 2D seismic data offshore Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. The plan is for the new data to complement the 40,000 km of multi-client data the company currently has on file for the region. GSI'sM/V Admiral and the M/V Zephyr, on long-term charter to TGS-Nopec, will carry out the survey, which was to begin May 2, 2002.
"We have gradually built our data base as well as our client base in Canada, and the 2002 campaign will further that effort," said Kim Abdallah, Vice President of Sales & Program Development for the Americas.
Meanwhile, drilling activity continues offshore Nova Scotia, with Canadian Superior Energy Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, teaming up with El Paso Oil and Gas Canada Inc. to drill Canadian Superior's Marquis Block this summer. Marathon Canada Limited is continuing a second well on its Marathon Block and expects to complete work late this month. And Chevron Canada is expected to begin drilling its deepwater well this month as well.
Shell Canada said it suspended the Onondaga B-84 exploration well as a potential gas producer. The primary objective of the well was to evaluate an untested deeper section of the prospect. The well could not be drilled to total depth and did not confirm a larger natural gas accumulation in the deeper section. Shell has said it will continue to evaluate other exploration opportunities in its considerable acreage offshore Nova Scotia.

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