Shell applies for 3750 km2, 3D seismic survey off Western Australia

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Shell has applied to offshore safety regulator NOPSEMA to conduct a 3750km2seismic survey offshore Kimberley, Australia.

The oil and gas major plans to launch the “Factory” 3D marine seismic survey within the Browse and Bonaparte Basin, off Western Australia.

The Factory 3D survey will comprise acquisition of approximately 3,750 km2 of 3D seismic data in Exploration Permits AC/P65, AC/P41, WA-534-P, and a smaller section of adjacent acreage to acquire data to fully-image the prospects on the titles, NOPSEMA said.

The Factory Operational Area (OA) is located approximately 100km offshore in the northern part of WA and is located about 200km from the Indonesian archipelago and East Timor.

The 3D survey is planned to be carried out over a two-to-three month period between July 1 and December 30, 2019. NOPSEMA is currently reviewing Shell’s environment plan and will make a decision by April 29.

In January Shell lodged an environment plan to drill the Bratwurst exploration well in the nearby AC/P64 permit. NOPSEMA has requested further information from the energy company with a decision imminent.

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