The campaign will map the seafloor to interpret, identify, sample, and analyze potential hydrocarbon seeps. Fugro’s 65-m (213-ft) survey vessel MV Fugro Brasilis started the two-month mapping and interpretation portion in July.
The MBES and seabed coring program will cover an area of more than 10,000 sq km (3,861 sq mi) in the Patuca basin in the northern part of the block.
Features of interest will be identified and evaluated to generate a final set of locations to target for precision geochemical sampling. The coring that follows will collect roughly 200 seabed cores and 15 heat flow measurements.