Schlumberger has expanded its Gulf of Mexico multi-client wide-azimuth seismic data portfolio by launching a new survey in Mexico’s Campeche Basin. The acquisition of the industry’s first multi-client wide-azimuth survey offshore Mexico will cover 80,000 square kilometers, using two fleets of WesternGeco vessels, including its Amazon class of purpose-designed 3D seismic vessels.
“Building on our experience in the US Gulf of Mexico, we are focused on collaborating with customers to understand and prioritize the hydrocarbon potential in the Mexican waters of the Gulf,” said Maurice Nessim, president, WesternGeco. “We have begun acquisition of high-quality seismic images of the Campeche Basin, which, when combined with advanced modeling and interpretation, will help our customers identify new exploration opportunities and minimize risk.”
Subsurface challenges in the Campeche Basin – including near-salt and subsalt structures, complex faulted structures, and deep-thrusted structures – are overcome by using a suite of wide-azimuth, long-offset and broadband seismic surveys. In such complex geology, where illumination of the subsurface is challenging, wide-azimuth acquisition and broadband imaging technologies are designed to deliver advanced data to support identification of subtle structural and stratigraphic traps, provide better delineation of fractures, and improve reservoir characterization.
Following completion of the seismic acquisition program in early 2016, customers will have access to the survey images to support future appraisal campaigns in this frontier play. The Mexico multi-client wide-azimuth survey was designed and modeled based on customer interest and input to the program.
Additional Schlumberger multi-client projects in Mexico include reimaging of the Campeche and Perdido basins.