TGS Begins Acquisition of Sophie's Link 3-D Survey in Gulf of Mexico

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company has commenced the acquisition of a new multi-client 3-D survey in the Gulf of Mexico. The survey, known as "Sophie's Link" will bridge the gap between TGS' ongoing 400 OCS block Deep Resolve Survey and its 627 OCS block Mississippi Canyon 3-D survey.

Containing approximately 55 OCS blocks of ocean bottom cable data and 140 OCS blocks of streamer data, Sophie's Link is being recorded with 9000-meter offsets and processed with both pre-stack time and pre-stack depth migration algorithms.

"We are pleased with the pre-funding and level of customer interest in this program," said Hank Hamilton, CEO of TGS. "The quality of the images we are delivering from our Deep Resolve and Mississippi Canyon projects is clearly stimulating demand for expanded high resolution 3D coverage."

Sophie's Link is located in an area of significant deep gas drilling activity as well as sub-salt exploration success. Water depths within the survey area range from 20 to 1,000 meters.

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