Fugro has been awarded a contract by BG Group to carry out an integrated multibeam echosounder survey and seabed coring campaign over its offshore acreage in the Honduran Caribbean.
As part of BG’s exploration licence commitments, the campaign will map the seafloor to interpret, identify, sample and analyse potential hydrocarbon seeps.
According to Fugro, its 65-meter survey vessel, MV Fugro Brasilis, started the two-month mapping and interpretation portion in July 2015.
The multibeam echosounder and seabed coring program will cover an area of the Patuca Basin in excess of 10,000 km2 in the northern part of the block. The company said the features of interest will be identified and evaluated during the MBES survey to generate a final set of locations to target for precision geochemical sampling. The coring phase will follow to collect approximately 200 seabed cores and 15 heat flow measurements, Fugro added.
“This latest geochemical campaign is a cost-effective way to explore frontier areas for hydrocarbon potential and will provide BG with robust data for future exploration and production work,” said Jamshid Gharib, Exploration Manager at Fugro GeoConsulting Inc.