The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded four new contracts, worth approximately $1.2 million, to supply more than 6,213 miles of reprocessed proprietary 2D seismic data of the UK Continental Shelf, as part of a UK Government funded seismic acquisition program.
This reprocessed legacy seismic is located in the Anglo-Paris basin offshore, the Wessex and Weald Basins onshore, the South West Approaches, the Solway Firth, the Unst Basin and the East Shetland Platform. It is scheduled to be openly released to the industry in 2017 alongside the recently acquired new seismic, gravity and magnetics data of South West Britain and East Shetland Platform.
The contracts were awarded to Shearwater GeoServices, Geokinetics, DMT Petrologic and Quality Seismic.
“This combined seismic dataset covers an offshore area equivalent to twice the United Kingdom’s landmass…and provides an unprecedented dataset to stimulate exploration activity,” Nick Richardson, OGA Exploration and New Ventures Manager, said.
“These data have the potential to unlock areas that have not been explored for decades and will support the evaluation of acreage to be made available in future OGA licensing rounds,” he added.
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