TGS performs wide seismic sweep over northern Europe

Offshore staff

ASKER, Norway – TGS (TGS:Oslo) has updated various seismic gathering programs off northern Europe.

The company continues its joint program with PGS in the Viking Graben of the North Sea. By the end of the 2011 season, 6,857 sq km (2,647 sq mi) of data had been acquired for this multi-year project. The data set is close to the recent Sverdrup discovery.

The M/V Polar Duke acquired 1,055 sq km (407 sq mi) of new 3D data along the Nordkapp Platform margin fault in the Norwegian Barents Sea. TGS plans to return this year to finalize the program which is close to several blocks nominated for Norway’s 22nd licensing round.

TGS has completed two long-offset 2D surveys in partnership with Fugro (FUR:EN Amsterdam). Last year the M/V Akademik Shatskiy added 9,737 km (6,050 mi) of new long offset 2D data in the Norwegian Sea, and the M/V Akademik Lasarev compiled 8,700 km (5,406 mi) of long-offset 2D data in the Barents Sea.

During 4Q 2011, TGS concluded a 1,800-km (1,118-mi) 2D program off northeast Greenland with the M/V Akademik Shatskiy, supported by the ice breaker M/V Fennica. This is another joint TGS/Fugro project with TGS processing the data.

M/V Akademik Fersman has also acquired 5,050 km (3,138 mi) of multi-client 2D in the Russian Arctic over the Laptev and East Siberian Sea, in partnership with Russian contractor DMNG.

Acquisition should resume this summer of 2012 when weather conditions permit.

Elsewhere, TGS started the Mary Rose and Mary Rose NE 3D surveys in the Exmouth Plateau offshore northwest Australia, which will generate a total of more than 12,000 sq km (4,633 sq mi) of MC data in what the company claims is a highly prospective province.

The company’s Geologic Products and Services Division added a new MC interpretation study in the Bonaparte basin off Western Australia to its library.


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