Shallow, deepwater seismic surveys underway in Black Sea

Offshore staff

BUCHAREST, Romania -- A first 3D seismic campaign is under way over the shallow water sector of the Neptun block in the Romanian Black Sea.

CGG Veritas’ Oceanic Champion vessel is performing the 60-day program, which will cover an area of 1,600 sq km (618 sq mi). The vessel is deploying eight 6-km (3.7-mi) long streamers over a 100-m (328-ft) distance.

Exploration in the shallow water part of Neptun started before 2005. To date two wells have been drilled (neither led to commercial discoveries), and 2D seismic has been acquired.

OMV Petrom operates this part of the block – ExxonMobil farmed into 50% of the deeper water portion in 2008. Here the partners are shooting the largest 3D seismic program to date over the Black Sea, OMV Petrom claims, covering roughly 6,000 sq km (2,317 sq mi).

12/28/2012

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