WesternGeco Acquires Octopus Surveys Spanning 450 GOM Blocks

WesternGeco began acquisition of the E-Octopus VIII and E-Octopus IX surveys in September. Located in the highly prospective Alaminos Canyon, Keathley Canyon, and East Breaks areas of the US Gulf of Mexico, the surveys cover more than 450 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) blocks.

E-Octopus VIII and IX target the most challenging subsalt imaging areas of the OCS. WesternGeco will apply the latest seismic data processing techniques to these surveys, including Generalized Surface Multiple Prediction (GSMP*) and anisotropic Reverse Time Migration (RTM), which are both enhanced by the quality of Q-Marine* seismic acquisition.

"These new E-Octopus programs will provide value through improved imaging, resulting in reduced drilling risk," said Thomas Scoulios, North America Region Manager, WesternGeco. "WesternGeco has executed nine multiclient wide-azimuth surveys to date, and client interest continues to be very high."

The E-Octopus multiclient wide-azimuth program in the Gulf of Mexico commenced in July 2006. With the addition of E-Octopus VIII and IX, the WesternGeco data library of high-quality Q-Marine data in the Gulf of Mexico will exceed 2000 OCS blocks.