Fugro Performs Surveys in Mars and Perdido Areas

Fugro Performs Surveys in Mars and Perdido Areas
Pictured is the Fugro Brasilis survey vessel. PHOTO SOURCE: Fugro

Fugro reported Thursday that it has completed several high-resolution geophysical surveys in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico for Shell International Exploration and Production Co.

In a written statement emailed to Rigzone, Fugro noted that it collected data over multiple deepwater lease blocks in the greater Perdido and Mars development areas using a Hugin autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) deployed from the Fugro Brasilis survey vessel. The company added the project supports clearance of potential environmental, engineering, geological and archeological hazards ahead of planned drilling activities.

“Shell’s 2019 AUV survey campaign onboard the Fugro Brasilis is another example of collaboration between Fugro and Shell to bring innovative technology and techniques to site investigations in ways that reduce HSSE exposure and survey duration, while simultaneously providing superior data quality and ancillary datasets,” Shell Project Manager Deanne Hargrave noted.

Fugro noted that Hugin AUV is depth-rated to 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) and boasts multibeam echosounder, side scan sonar and sub-bottom profiling sensors. The firm noted that it used a mix of onboard and in-house processing resources to meet an accelerated interpretation and reporting timetable. The company added the current work for Shell, which collected more than 5,282 miles (8,500 kilometers) of survey data, began in July 2019 and concluded earlier this month.

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