TGS has launched its first regional airborne enhanced full tensor gravity gradiometry (eFTG) multi-client survey in Upper Egypt.
The company said it would also acquire magnetic and Lidar data. The survey will provide insights into the area with “increased accuracy and higher spatial resolution”, it said.
Egypt granted TGS and AustinBridgeporth the right to acquire eFTG data in October 2019. eFTG has never before been used in the Middle East and North Africa, TGS said.
The first phase of this work covers around 120,000 square km. These are controlled by state-owned Ganope. This is the first of a multi-year commitment, which is intended to cover on- and offshore areas in Egypt.
The Egyptian government intends to use the data on geological structures and basins for new international onshore bid rounds.
“We are delighted that this significant project is now underway in Egypt and will, for the first time, provide much-needed high resolution data to a region that is set to significantly step-up its hydrocarbon activities in 2020 and beyond.
“Along with our partner, AustinBridgeporth, we are looking forward to a significant long-term relationship with Ganope,” said TGS’ executive vice president Rune Eng.
The companies had expected to begin the eFTG work in the first quarter of this year.
TGS made an offer for PGS’ multi-client data library on August 6. The company said it would pay $600 million for the library.
TGS also made the case for closer collaboration between the two companies. This would include preferential rights for PGS to provide its 3D fleet for future TGS work.
PGS is an integrated operator, unlike TGS.