Shearwater wins first seismic project offshore South Africa

Marine geophysical services provider Shearwater GeoServices has been given a conditional letter of award for a 2D seismic acquisition and fast-track processing project by Total in South Africa.

SW Cook; Source: Shearwater

Shearwater said on Monday that the survey at block 11B-12B would be its first project offshore South Africa. It has a base duration of two months starting in 4Q 2019 and covers an initial program of 3,650 linear km. It will be acquired by the Multi-Purpose Vessel (MPV) SW Cook.

The project includes fast-track processing facilitated by the vessel’s onboard computer facility and processing teams linked by satellite to client and project teams.

The SW Cook is one of three MPVs operated by Shearwater. The vessel has been working throughout the North Sea summer season on 3D and 4D ocean bottom projects, including as a source vessel on Total’s 2019 North Sea 4D program. The MPVs are designed to work as a source, 2D, 3D, or ocean bottom vessels.

“The SW Cook worked for Total in the North Sea this summer and we are very pleased to see it continue to acquire seismic for Total in South Africa on a project where we will also leverage the flexibility of our Processing & Imaging teams,” said Irene Waage Basili, the CEO of Shearwater GeoServices.

“They will provide fast turnaround results to Total during the survey enabling rapid decision making.”

It is worth reminding that Total made a significant gas condensate discovery at the Brulpadda prospect on Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa in February 2019. The well encountered a total of 57 meters of net gas condensate pay over two Lower Cretaceous high-quality reservoirs.


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