The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded two contracts worth more than £2.5million to Schlumberger WesternGeco and DownUnder Geosolutions (DUG), in collaboration with Geopartners.
The win is part of plans to supply around 15,000 kilometres of reprocessed multi-client 2D seismic data in six areas across the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).
This includes data from the Southwest Approaches, Northern Approaches and Bristol Channel, Cardigan Bay and Celtic Sea, Morecambe Bay and East Irish Sea, the East Shetland Platform and North Western Britain.
The OGA has also revealed a second tender of six lots to reprocess a further 10,000km proprietary seismic 2D data from around the UKCS.
Nick Richardson, OGA Exploration and New Ventures manager, said: “The combination of the Rockall and Mid-North Sea High data acquired in 2015, the two new broadband seismic datasets being acquired this summer in South West Britain and the East Shetland Platform, and the reprocessing of legacy datasets in 2016 and 2017 will form part of a consistent, modern, regional 2D seismic dataset across large, underexplored areas of the UK Continental Shelf that will be provided to the industry for a nominal fee.
“These data have the potential to unlock exploration potential in areas that have not been looked in earnest for decades and consequently have not benefitted from the latest acquisition and processing techniques. The data packages will support the evaluation of acreage to be made available in the 29th Offshore Licensing Round, which is open now, and future planned licence rounds.”
The OGA said the datasets will complement data being acquired by this year’s 2016 UK Government funded seismic acquisition programme of the the East Shetland Platform and South West Britain, which began last month, and will extend the seismic coverage out to surrounding areas.
Mirroring last year’s programme, the seismic data will be reprocessed using modern processing workflows and is expected to be made available to the industry in the second quarter of next year.