Shearwater scores deepwater OBS survey in Gulf of Mexico

Marine seismic acquisition company Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded an ocean bottom seismic deepwater ROV project in the Gulf of Mexico by TGS and an undisclosed partner.

SW Diamond; Source: Shearwater

Shearwater said on Monday that this would be the company’s first OBS ROV survey. Also, two of its vessels, the SW Diamond and SW Emerald, will be used for the project.

The vessels will work for four months, starting in the second quarter of 2020.

They will be equipped with three high-capacity sources each composed of three sub-arrays. This investment in a new source configuration will allow two source vessels to be used instead of three for the survey, with a consequent increase in efficiency and reduction in operational greenhouse gas emissions.

Irene Waage Basili, CEO of Shearwater, said: “By adding deepwater OBS ROV operations we are now the only company able to offer a complete portfolio of towed streamer and ocean bottom seismic marine acquisition and processing geophysical services.”

According to the company, the OBS ROV crew complements Shearwater’s ocean bottom cable and ocean bottom node crews and marks the company’s presence in all sectors of the ocean bottom seismic market, in acquisition and processing.

Shearwater also added that it would have three OBS crews operating in 2020.

It is also worth mentioning that TGS announced on Monday that it was preparing to start the second phase of its ultra-long offset node project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.


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