OGA awards four UKCS seismic data contracts

UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded four new contracts to supply more than 10,000 kilometers of reprocessed proprietary 2D seismic data of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) as part of the UK Government-funded seismic acquisition program.

OGA said on Tuesday that the four contracts worth approximately £1 million ($1.25 million) were awarded to Geokinetics, DMT Petrologic, Quality Seismic, and Shearwater GeoServices, a new seismic player recently formed by GC Rieber and Rasmussengruppen.

This reprocessed legacy seismic is located in several offshore regions, namely, the Anglo-Paris Basin, the South West Approaches (including deep imaging data from the British Institutes Reflection Profiling Syndicate – BIRPS), the Solway Firth, the Unst Basin and the East Shetland Platform. The seismic program also includes the onshore part of the Wessex and Weald Basins.

OGA added that it is scheduled to be openly released to the industry in 2017 alongside the recently acquired new seismic, gravity and magnetics data of South West Britain and East Shetland Platform.

Nick Richardson, OGA Exploration and New Ventures Manager, said: “This combined seismic dataset covers an offshore area equivalent to twice the United Kingdom’s landmass (approximately 500,000 square kilometers) and provides an unprecedented dataset to stimulate exploration activity. This data has the potential to unlock areas that have not been explored for decades and will support the evaluation of acreage to be made available in future OGA licensing rounds.”

Over the last two years, the UK Government has provided £40 million ($50 million) of funding for seismic acquisition programs which the OGA has been using to build a regional database of seismic data in under-explored areas of the UKCS.

This has included two new seismic campaigns covering the Mid North Sea High and the Rockall Basin in 2015 and 2016 and the East Shetland Platform and South West Britain in 2016 and 2017.

The OGA has also announced several programs of legacy seismic reprocessing to extend and complement the coverage to other areas. These include the Mid North Sea High (2015/16), the Rockall Basin and West of Britain (2015/16) and in 2016/17.

The seismic reprocessing programs will also cover the Southwest Approaches, Northern Approaches and Bristol Channel, Cardigan Bay and the Celtic Sea, Morecambe Bay and East Irish Sea, the East Shetland Platform and North Western Britain including the Minches and the Firth of Clyde.

The OGA has also recently announced two Invitations to Tender for geotechnical studies in the East Shetland Platform and South West Approaches which closes on November 28.

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