By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 2 -- TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Co. ASA, Asker, Norway, began acquiring a series of nonexclusive geoscientific surveys in Indonesia's underexplored frontier basins.
The 16 basins are off the west coast of Northern and Southern Sumatra, off West Java, west of East Timor, off southern and eastern Sulawesi, and in three areas adjacent to Papua Province. Acquisition will take 18 months, but the first data are to be available in the first quarter.
The area to be surveyed totals 1 million sq km. The project includes 33,000 line-km of 2D seismic data, 419,000 sq km of Multibeam SeaSeep, gravity, and magnetic data, 1,500 sediment cores, 4,500 geochemical analyses, and 250 heat flow probes.
TGS-NOPEC will manage the operations, while a team of geoscientists with extensive knowledge of Indonesian basins and a proven exploration success record in the region will interpret the data.