TPAO Awards the Black Sea's Largest-Ever Q-Technology 3D Projects


Schlumberger announced today that Turkish state oil company Turkiye Petrolleri A.O. (TPAO) has contracted WesternGeco to conduct the largest high-specification Q-Marine* 3D exploration surveys ever undertaken in the Black Sea.

The WesternGeco Q* vessel Western Pride will conduct two 3D marine seismic surveys over deepwater blocks 3922-Sinop and 3920-Kozlu. "These two surveys are an important part of TPAO's plans to identify significant hydrocarbon reserves in the deepwater Turkish Black Sea geological plays," said Ahmet Faruk Öner, director of exploration, TPAO. "Q-Marine acquisition and processing will provide high-quality images needed for significant exploration evaluation as TPAO continues its major study of this area."

The surveys, which commenced this month, cover 5,000 sq. km—2,500 sq km are in the Sinop 3D survey with the remaining 2,500 sq km covering the Kozlu 3D survey, offshore Turkey. These will be the third and fourth Q-Marine surveys WesternGeco has acquired in the Black Sea.

"Our ability to deliver the best possible 3D images will enable important decisions and effective mapping of future frontier exploration activity of the deepwater geological plays of the Turkish Black Sea," said Roar Bekker, region manager - Europe. "We have worked with TPAO for many years and look forward to supporting their exploration plans in this important geological area."

Q-Marine is one of the WesternGeco proprietary suites of advanced Q technologies for enhanced reservoir location, description, and management.