UKOG awards seismic reprocessing contract


0101487Schlumberger, WesternGeco and DownUnder Geosolutions, in collaboration with GeoPartners Ltd, have been jointly awarded two contracts worth $4.5 million for 15,000km of reprocessed multi-client 2D seismic data in six areas around the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).
The areas to be surveyed include the Southwest Approaches, Northern Approaches and Bristol Channel, Cardigan Bay and the Celtic Sea, Morecambe Bay and East Irish Sea, the East Shetland Platform and North Western Britain, encompassing the Minches and the Firth of Clyde.
The contracts, awarded by the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), are intended to produce a dataset that will complement data from the $26.6 million seismic acquisition program of the East Shetland Platform and South West Britain, which was awarded to PGS and WesternGeco and commenced last month. Reprocessed data is expected to be available in the second half of next year.
OGA also announced a tender process for an additional six lots to reprocess 10,000-km proprietary seismic 2D data from around the United Kingdom Continental Shelf. This will include a large regional 2D seismic dataset from the Anglo-Paris Basin, incorporating the Wessex basin from which both land and marine seismic data will be reprocessed.
Nick Richardson, OGA Exploration and New Ventures Manager, said: “The combination of the Rockall and Mid-North Sea High data acquired in 2015, the two new broadband seismic data sets being acquired this summer in South West Britain and the East Shetland Platform, and the reprocessing of legacy datasets in 2016 and 2017 will form part of a consistent, modern, regional 2D seismic dataset across large, underexplored areas of the UK Continental Shelf that will be provided to the industry for a nominal fee.
“These data packages will support the evaluation of acreage to be made available in the 29th Offshore Licensing Round, which is open now, and future planned license rounds.”


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