CGGVeritas Buys Time for Multi-Client Cluster Survey Offshore Brazil


CGGVeritas has announced the extension of its multi-client 'Cluster' survey in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil.

The original 23,000 square kilometer survey led to the recent discoveries of Tupi, Jupiter and Carioca in this prolific basin that supported many other discoveries. The data were reprocessed in 2008 using the latest technology, including Reverse Time Migration PSDM, significantly enhancing the image of the reservoir beneath the salt.

Based on this success, a new 16,000-square kilometer high-quality Cluster Extension is now being acquired, in six swaths, over open acreage to the south of the original survey.

The Cluster Extension has already attracted numerous exploration and production companies wanting to be involved early in this promising area. Acquisition of all six swaths is expected to be complete by March 2010.

Swaths three and four, the first to be acquired, are expected to be complete, with Fast-Track PSTM, and available to the industry in late summer 2009. Final deliverables offered for the Cluster Extension include Fast-Track PSTM after each swath, Controlled Beam Migration PSDM, Kirchhoff PSDM and Reverse Time Migration PSDM.

Luc Schlumberger, Executive Vice President, Latin America region, CGGVeritas, said, "The launch of our Cluster Extension comes in response to the current, intense industry interest in the Santos Basin offshore Brazil, and in anticipation of the next big pre-salt discovery. The Tupi, Jupiter, and Carioca discoveries found within our unique Cluster survey have heightened attraction to the area and to both our Cluster and Cluster Extension surveys. This initiative indicates our commitment to continue providing seismic data of the highest quality, using the latest imaging technologies. Through this, CGGVeritas can ensure our clients have the best tools at their disposal to increase their chances of finding the next major discovery such as Tupi."