JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – SacOil has updated its exploration program in the OPL 233 lease offshore Nigeria.
Tidalflow Nigeria has completed an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a 3D seismic ocean bottom cable (OBC) survey, performing both wet and dry season sampling.
Nigeria’s Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has approved the wet season result, while the dry season sampling is currently undergoing processing. The Federal Ministry of Environment has conducted the required site verification and EIA registration processes.
Epanoe Nigeria has delivered its final report on the seabed hazard survey to the partners and the seismic data acquisition contractor Geomarine Systems.
Currently equipment is being mobilized for the OBC survey, which is due to start early next month and finish by the end of July. Source boats and seismic recording cables have been delivered, while navigation equipment and seismic sensors are being air-freighted to shorten the lead time to actual recording of data.
The 3D data will help the OPL 233 partners assess the license’s resource potential and identify an optimal drilling location. Processing of the raw data and interpretation of the results are expected to be completed by this summer.