Madagascar: SAPETRO to shoot 3D on deepwater blocks

South Atlantic Petroleum has let contracts to Petroleum Geo Services, Oslo, to shoot six 3D seismic surveys in the central Mozambique Channel on blocks offshore Madagascar (see map, OGJ, Aug. 9, 2004, p. 33).

The full program will total more than 9,000 sq km of 3D coverage on the 52,990 sq km Juan de Nova permit in French territory and the 13,770 sq km Belo Profond permit in Madagascan waters. This follows PGS’s 12,500+ line-km 2D broadband seismic, processing, and interpretation.

Acquisition of 3D is to start this month in 1,800-3,200 m of water. PGS will shoot 7,000 sq km in Juan de Nova and 2,000 sq km in Belo Profond with three separate surveys in each permit. SAPETRO holds 90% interest in the permits, and MAREX Inc., Houston, has 10%.

The permits contain a large portion of new deepwater exploration province with extensive oil-prone source rocks. The permits also have shallower burial depths than the Rovuma Delta gas province to the north along the Davie Fracture Zone, site of Eni SPA and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. gas discoveries offshore Mozambique (OGJ Online, June 11, 2012).

Related Articles

ExxonMobil ‘winding down’ Arctic well, complying with US, EU sanctions on Russia

09/19/2014 ExxonMobil Corp. released a statement that the company is complying with all US sanctions on Russia after news reports that the operator had halted...

AWE makes gas discovery under existing Senecio field

09/18/2014 AWE Ltd., Sydney, has increased the worth of its Senecio gas field in permits L1/L2 in the onshore Perth basin of Western Australia with a discover...

EGPC awards two Gulf of Suez concessions to RWE Dea

09/18/2014 Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. (EGPC) has awarded two concessions in the Gulf of Suez to RWE Dea AG, which said the awards stem from Internationa...

Eni reports second major oil find in as many days


Eni SPA has made an oil discovery with the Oglan-2 exploration well on Ecuador’s Block 10, 260 km southeast of Quito.


Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!


Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected