WesternGeco Expands Q-Marine Fleet

Schlumberger has launched the Western Spirit, the seventh Q-Marine vessel to join the WesternGeco fleet. The vessel will begin work immediately with a high-specification 4D survey in the North Sea for the integrated oil and gas company, Statoil.

Equipped with DSC Dynamic Spread Control—the new WesternGeco automated vessel, source and streamer steering technology—the Western Spirit provides superior repeatability for improved time-lapse studies for reservoir monitoring and increased accuracy for sophisticated Q*-enabled over/under and rich/wide azimuth surveys that help characterize complex sub-surface environments.

"Industry recognition of the fundamentally superior measurements achieved by Q-Technology* services has created increased demand for advanced geophysical applications over the life of the field. The Western Spirit is the first of three new Q-Marine vessels that will join our fleet over the next two years," said Dalton Boutte, president, WesternGeco.

Q-Marine is proprietary WesternGeco technology for enhanced reservoir-quality acquisition, processing and inversion. For additional information on the capabilities of Q-Marine, the world's only single-sensor high-fidelity seismic acquisition-to-inversion platform.

Schlumberger is the world's leading oilfield services company supplying technology, information solutions and integrated project management that optimize reservoir performance for customers working in the oil and gas industry. The company employs more than 70,000 people of over 140 nationalities working in approximately 80 countries. Schlumberger supplies a wide range of products and services from seismic acquisition and processing; formation evaluation; well testing and directional drilling to well cementing and stimulation; artificial lift and well completions; and consulting, software and information management. In 2006, Schlumberger operating revenue was $19.23 billion.

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