MEO Australia Limited reported that the PGS Australia seismic acquisition vessel, M/V Orient Explorer has arrived in Exploration Permit NT/P68 and is currently deploying the four 3D cables and acoustic array. The vessel's crew expects to commence acquiring 380 square kilometers of new 3D data over the Blackwood discovery and part of the Blackwood East structure on April 30. 3D acquisition is planned o be completed in approximately 25 days.
The 3D seismic data acquisition and subsequent processing is designed to improve depth conversion and mapping of the Greater Blackwood feature that was recently intersected by the Blackwood-1 discovery well, and enable optimum location picks for subsequent appraisal drilling. Blackwood-1 confirmed 49m of gross Plover formation gas-bearing sands to a gas-water contact at 3,225mMD (3,188, subsea).
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