CGG to conduct ‘largest ever OBN survey in UK North Sea’

CGG CEO, Sophie Zurquiyah (Image courtesy of CGG).

French geoscience company CGG has announced a program to deliver what it says it will be the largest OBN multi-client survey ever conducted in the UK Central North Sea (CNS).

Planned to start in early 2020, the survey has already received significant industry interest and is being pre-funded in part by BP, CGG said on Tuesday.

First results are targeted for the first quarter of 2021, CGG added.

In the CNS, where complex salt diapirism has created significant challenges to imaging deeper reservoir targets, this new survey, with its long-offset, full-azimuth coverage and good low-frequency signal in a shallow water environment, together with CGG’s advanced imaging technology, will provide a step-change in seismic image and reservoir characterization quality, according to CGG.

In the first phase of this multi-year program, CGG aims to acquire over 2,000 sq. km of OBN data.

Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO, CGG, said: “We are pleased to initiate this exciting new OBN program which will deliver unprecedented industry insight and lead to a step-change in development in this critical Central North Sea area. Our asset-light configuration enables us to best take advantage of key opportunities and fully leverage our core capabilities.

“The new data set will also complement CGG’s extensive high-quality Cornerstone towed-streamer data library in the area and support the UK Oil & Gas Authority’s strategy for Maximizing Economic Recovery.”


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