TGS wins Mexican multibeam, coring and geochemical analysis projectProjects and Operations // August 26, 2015
TGS has confirmed that it has received authorization from Mexico's Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) for the acquisition of multibeam, coring and geochemical analysis data over an area of approximately 600,000km2 in Mexican waters.
The project will cover the entire deep water area of the offshore sector of Mexico, including producing trends such as the Perdido Fold Belt and Campeche Bay. It will be conducted in conjunction with the 186,000km TGS Gigante seismic survey which is currently 12 per cent (>22,000km) complete.
The multibeam data will be acquired by Fugro using vessels equipped with the latest generation of multibeam sonar equipment. Multibeam bathymetry and backscatter data will be used to identify possible oil and gas seep targets for sediment sampling. Over one thousand navigated piston cores will be collected by TDI Brooks International and detailed geochemical analysis will be performed.
"We are pleased to create a portfolio that combines all important geoscience data into one integrated package that can be used to better aid exploration efforts in this region. The data has value from the earliest stages of reconnaissance through the end of the development programme. It is a complementary addition to our Gigante regional 2D seismic program that is currently being acquired," said Katja Akentieva, Senior VP Western Hemisphere, TGS.
TGS will commence acquisition of multibeam and coring data in the third quarter of 2015 subject to receiving environmental impact resolution from the Mexican Authorities, with expected completion early in the fourth quarter of 2016. The survey is supported by industry funding.