Searcher Seismic Completes Echidna Seismic Survey Offshore Ireland

Australia's Searcher Seismic in cooperation with Russia's MAGE, completed acquisition of the Echidna Regional Broadband 2D seismic survey covering the Porcupine & Slyne Basins and the Goban Spur offshore Ireland.

The Echidna survey, comprising approximately 5,654 miles (9,100 kilometers) of high quality, long-offset broadband 2D seismic data, is the "first truly regional, long-offset well tie survey over the Irish Continental Shelf using modern processing and acquisition techniques," Searcher Seismic said in a press release.

The seismic data is available in both time and depth, with fast track pre-stack time migration (PSTM) data being processed in time for evaluation of the 2015 Atlantic Margin bid round that closes in September. Final data delivery is expected in March 2016.

“Thirty E&A wells, which is approximately 80 percent of wells drilled in the area, are tied by the Echidna 2D survey ... The rift systems associated with these basins are among the most interesting exploration targets in the North Atlantic and we are confident the Echidna survey will provide a solid foundation for evaluation of the area," Jan Gunnar Opsal, Norway Country Manager for Searcher Seismic, said, adding that significant input went into the design of the Echidna survey to ensure the survey was complementary to the recently acquired ENI-PAD data.

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