CGG wraps up survey at UNESCO site in UAE

French seismic company CGG has completed the acquisition of a 3D seismic survey over the Hail and Shuweihat oil and gas fields in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The fields are located in a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The survey, CGG conducted with the support of its Seabed Geosolutions joint venture with Fugro, is part of an integrated project, including data processing and reservoir characterization, awarded to CGG by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

Seismic operations were carried out as a two-part survey, covering a total area of 1200 sq km and lasting over 18 months. The first part involved acquisition of over 600 sq km of data for the Hail project located offshore and in the shallow waters of the Merawah natural reserve which has a rich biodiversity and is a marine UNESCO World Heritage site.

CGG further said that the second part followed right after, with the acquisition of over 500 sq km of data over an offshore and onshore area of the Shuweihat field.

Jean-Georges Malcor, CEO, CGG, said: “CGG is proud to be a key player in the high level of seismic activity currently ongoing in Abu Dhabi, as part of ADNOC’s plans to implement their extensive mid- and long-term field development projects. The choice of CGG for this integrated project indicates the strength of our shallow water and seabed solutions and our ability to successfully deliver complex programs, combining acquisition and subsurface expertise. We are particularly pleased that ADNOC wishes to benefit from our acquisition experience in environmentally sensitive areas to support its commitment to protecting the Emirate’s natural environment.”

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