MOSCOW – Officials from Rosneft and Sevmorneftegeofizika have signed an agreement to conduct seismic exploration in the Russian sector of the Black Sea.
Sevmorneftegeofizika will acquire 3D seismic in the Tuapse license block, using the new research vessel Vyacheslav Tikhonov. This is claimed to have several unique features, including high ice class and low-temperature operating capabilities.
Data acquisition could start later this month.
The assignment was issued as a result of the new strategic alliance between Rosneft and ExxonMobil to jointly explore and develop hydrocarbons in the Arctic and elsewhere on the Russian shelf. They plan to invest around $3.2 billion in exploration in the Kara Sea and the Black Sea.
Sevmorneftegeofizika will perform marine seismic exploration in 2011-2012 in the Tuapse Trough license block in alliance with Sovcomflot.